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1961 Historical Event(s)
- January 3, 1961 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.
- January 8, 1961 – In France a referendum supports Charles de Gaulle’s policies in Algeria.
- 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.
- March 30, 1961 – The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed in New York City.
- May 25, 1961 – Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a “man on the Moon” before the end of the decade.
- August 13, 1961 – The German Democratic Republic closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin to thwart its inhabitants’ attempts to escape to the West.
- August 25, 1961 – President Jânio Quadros of Brazil resigns after just seven months in power.
- December 9, 1961 – The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ends with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
Who Were Born On 1961?
- February 2, 1961 – Lauren Lane, American actress
- February 22, 1961 – Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist
- May 4, 1961 – Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist
- May 31, 1961 – Lea Thompson, American actress
- June 10, 1961 – Kelley Deal, American guitarist (The Breeders)
- June 29, 1961 – Sharon Lawrence, American actress
- July 22, 1961 – Keith Sweat, American singer
- September 4, 1961 – Kevin Kennedy, English actor
- December 7, 1961 – Mario Miethig, German footballer