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1961 Calendar

1961 Calendar

January
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
February
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728    
March
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 
April
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      
May
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
June
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930 
July
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
August
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
September
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
October
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
November
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  
December
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

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1961 Historical Event(s)

  •  January 31, 1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.
  •  February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
  •  March 1, 1961 – President of the United States John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
  •  April 12, 1961 – The Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).
  •  April 17, 1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
  •  May 4, 1961 – American civil rights movement: The “Freedom Riders” begin a bus trip through the South.
  •  May 24, 1961 – Cyprus joins the Council of Europe.
  •  October 17, 1961 – Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.
  •  October 30, 1961 – Nuclear testing: The Soviet Union detonates the hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya; at 50 megatons of yield, it is still the largest explosive device ever detonated, nuclear or otherwise.
  •  October 31, 1961 – In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Tomb.

Who Were Born On 1961?

  •  May 10, 1961 – Danny Carey, American drummer (Tool, Pigmy Love Circus)
  •  August 2, 1961 – Graham Dye, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Scarlet Party, The Alan Parsons Project)
  •  August 7, 1961 – Brian Conley, English comedian
  •  August 19, 1961 – Jonathan Coe, British author
  •  August 22, 1961 – Debbi Peterson, American musician (The Bangles)
  •  August 29, 1961 – Rodney McCray, American basketball player
  •  September 29, 1961 – Julia Gillard, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia
  •  November 4, 1961 – Les Sampou, American musician
  •  November 16, 1961 – Corinne Hermès, French singer