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1961 Historical Event(s)
- January 17, 1961 – Former Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba is murdered in circumstances suggesting the support and complicity of the governments of Belgium and the United States.
- February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 26, 1961 – Hassan II becomes King of Morocco.
- February 27, 1961 – The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated.
- April 18, 1961 – The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a cornerstone of modern international relations, is adopted.
- May 14, 1961 – American civil rights movement: The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob.
- May 31, 1961 – In Moscow City Court, the Rokotov–Faibishenko show trial begins, despite the Khrushchev Thaw to reverse Stalinist elements in Soviet society.
- September 17, 1961 – The world’s first retractable-dome stadium, the Civic Arena, opens in Pittsburgh.
- October 1, 1961 – East and West Cameroon merge to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon.
- 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.
Who Were Born On 1961?
- March 4, 1961 – Mahito Ōba, Japanese voice actor and narrator
- April 30, 1961 – Isiah Thomas, American basketball player
- May 3, 1961 – David Vitter, American politician
- May 20, 1961 – Clive Allen, English footballer
- June 6, 1961 – Bill Bates, American football player
- June 25, 1961 – Ricky Gervais, English comedian, actor and writer
- August 3, 1961 – Molly Hagan, American actress
- September 11, 1961 – Virginia Madsen, American actress
- October 30, 1961 – Scott Garrelts, American baseball player
- December 21, 1961 – Ryuji Sasai, Japanese video game composer