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The Events of 1961

Here are some things that happend in 1961!




January 3President Dwight Eisenhower announced that the United States had severed diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba.
January 3SL-1, an atomic reactor, exploded at National Reactor Testing Station in Idaho Falls, Idaho, killing 3 military technicians.<
January 12President Dwight Eisenhower gave his final State of the Union Address to Congress.
January 20John F. Kennedy becomes President of the United States
January 24US B-52 bomber with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs crashes near Goldsboro, North Carolina<
January 25In Washington, DC John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential news conference. In it, he announces that the Soviet Union had freed the two surviving crewmen of a USAF RB-47 reconnaissance plane shot down by Soviet flyers over the Barents Sea July 1, 1960. (see RB-47H shot down)<
January 30President John F. Kennedy delivered his first State of the Union Address.
January 31Ham, a 37 pound male chimpanzee, was rocketed into space in a test of the Project Mercury capsule designed to carry U.S. astronauts into space
February 5The Sunday Telegraph publishes its first issue.
February 14Discovery of the chemical elements: Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized (Berkeley, California).
February 15A Boeing 707 crashes in Belgium killing 73, including the entire United States figure skating team and several coaches.
March 1President of the United States John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
March 8Max Conrad circumnavigates the earth in eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes setting a new world record.
March 8First US Polaris submarines arrive at Holy Loch.
March 29The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, allowing residents of Washington, DC to vote in presidential elections
April 12Yuri Gagarin is the first human in space.
April 17Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba begins, ending in failure April 19.
April 25Robert Noyce is granted the first patent for an integrated circuit.
May 5Alan B. Shepard: is first American in space.
May 19Venera program: Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus (however the probe had lost contact with earth a month earlier and did not send back any data).
May 25Apollo program: President Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a ""man on the moon"" before the end of the decade.
June 4John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev meet during two days in Vienna. They talk about nuclear tests, disarmament and Germany.
June 25Iraqi president Abdul Karim Kassem announces he is going to annex Kuwait - Kuwaiti government ask British help in June 27. British army begin to send in troops.
July 21Mercury program: Gus Grissom piloting the Mercury 4 capsule ""Liberty Bell 7"" becomes the second American to go into space. It was a suborbital trajectory.
July 31At 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 due to rain.
August 13Construction of the Berlin Wall begins. Movement between East Berlin and West Berlin remains restricted for the next 28 years, until November 9, 1989.
October 19Arab League takes over protection of Kuwait - last British troops leave.
October 30Nuclear testing: The Soviet Union detonates a 58 megaton yield hydrogen bomb over Novaya Zemlya (this is still the largest nuclear device to ever be detonated).
October 31In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin's body is removed from Lenin's Tomb.
November 29Mercury program: Mercury-Atlas 5 is launched with Enos the chimp aboard (the spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast of Puerto Rico).
December 2Cold War: In a nationally broadcast speech, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist and that Cuba was going to adopt Communism.
December 11Vietnam War officially begins as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon along with 400 U.S. personnel.