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1961 Historical Event(s)
- January 23, 1961 – The Portuguese luxury cruise ship Santa Maria is hijacked by foes of the Estado Novo regime with the intention of waging war until dictator António de Oliveira Salazar was overthrown.
- February 3, 1961 – A protest by agricultural workers in Baixa de Cassanje, Portuguese Angola, turns into a revolt, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.
- February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
- April 20, 1961 – Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed troops against Cuba.
- May 1, 1961 – The Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro, proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections.
- July 25, 1961 – In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.
- September 16, 1961 – The United States National Hurricane Research Project drops eight cylinders of silver iodide into the eyewall of Hurricane Esther. Wind speed reduces by 10%, giving rise to Project Stormfury.
- September 28, 1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria.
- October 27, 1961 – Mauritania and Mongolia join the United Nations.
- December 31, 1961 – RTÉ Ireland’s state broadcaster launches its first national television service.
Who Were Born On 1961?
- March 17, 1961 – Marcus Dillistone, Royal premiered and award-winning British film director.
- April 14, 1961 – Robert Carlyle, British actor
- April 26, 1961 – Anthony Cumia, American radio personality (The Opie and Anthony Show)
- May 2, 1961 – Phil Vickery, English celebrity chef
- June 13, 1961 – Anders Järryd, Swedish tennis player
- August 15, 1961 – Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
- September 4, 1961 – Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Pakistani cricketer
- October 14, 1961 – Isaac Mizrahi American fashion designer
- December 6, 1961 – Manuel Reuter, German race car driver
- December 20, 1961 – Mike Keneally, American musician