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1961 Historical Event(s)
- February 15, 1961 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Ox in Chinese astrology.
- February 16, 1961 – The DuSable Museum of African American History is chartered.
- April 8, 1961 – A large explosion on board the MV Dara in the Persian Gulf kills 238.
- April 23, 1961 – Algiers putsch by French generals.
- May 21, 1961 – American civil rights movement: Alabama Governor John Malcolm Patterson declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.
- May 24, 1961 – American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for “disturbing the peace” after disembarking from their bus.
- July 12, 1961 – Pune floods due to failure of the Khadakwasla and Panshet dams. Half of Pune is submerged, more than 100,000 families need to be relocated and the death tally exceeds 2,000.
- July 31, 1961 – At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning because of rain.
- August 10, 1961 – First use in Vietnam War of the Agent Orange by the U.S. Army.
- August 11, 1961 – The former Portuguese territories in India of Dadra and Nagar Haveli are merged to create the Union Territory Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Who Were Born On 1961?
- January 11, 1961 – Karl Habsburg-Lothringen, Prince of Austria and Prince Royal of Hungary
- January 22, 1961 – Quintin Dailey, American basketball player (d. 2010)
- February 3, 1961 – Keith Gordon, American actor
- April 18, 1961 – Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
- May 27, 1961 – Peri Gilpin, American actress
- June 26, 1961 – Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin)
- September 7, 1961 – LeRoi Moore, American musician (Dave Matthews Band) (d. 2008)
- November 20, 1961 – Dave Watson, English footballer
- November 22, 1961 – Randal L. Schwartz, American computer programmer
- November 24, 1961 – Arundhati Roy, Indian writer