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1961 Historical Event(s)
- January 24, 1961 – 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash: A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost.
- January 27, 1961 – Soviet submarine S-80 sinks with all hands lost.
- 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 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.
- June 19, 1961 – Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom.
- 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.
- September 21, 1961 – Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
- December 2, 1961 – In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba is going to adopt Communism.
- December 19, 1961 – India annexes Daman and Diu, part of Portuguese India.
Who Were Born On 1961?
- February 10, 1961 – Alexander Payne, American film director
- February 22, 1961 – Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist
- March 4, 1961 – Mahito Ōba, Japanese voice actor and narrator
- March 29, 1961 – Gary Brabham, Australian racing driver
- May 30, 1961 – Ralph Carter, American actor
- June 11, 1961 – María Barranco, Spanish actress
- September 7, 1961 – LeRoi Moore, American musician (Dave Matthews Band) (d. 2008)
- October 1, 1961 – Corrie van Zyl, South African cricketer
- October 10, 1961 – Martin Kemp, British musician (Spandau Ballet) and actor
- October 16, 1961 – Marc Levy, French novelist