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The documentation of historical events have been kept through the use of newspapers for centuries. Newspapers have been used to gather the most important events that have occurred throughout the years. For the year 1961, some of these events include the first live broadcast of a presidential news conference, the beginning of the Portuguese Colonial War, the formation of the United States Peace Corps, Alan Shepard becoming the first American in space, the opening of the theme park Six Flags over Texas, the beginning of construction for the Berlin Wall, and so much more! Each title is available individually, and all are searchable via an interface that allows users to easily view, search, zoom, print and save digital page images.
There is no better source of the stories of yesterday, as they were actually told, than Newspaper Archives. Discover your ancestry with records from every world history event and find treasures that simply aren't available anywhere else. Newspaper Archives have preserved essential accounts of your family, famous people and events that shaped this nation for hundreds of years. What will you discover?
A presidential news conference is broadcast live for the first time and is delivered by President Kennedy.
The Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket is launched in a test launching, carrying Ham the Chimp on board, to see if the rocket's design will be able to carry astronauts into space.
The Colonial War in Portugal begins in Angola. Read More
The U.S.S.R launches Venera 1 towards Venus. Read More
The southern part of Europe experiences a total solar eclipse. Read More
President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps of the United States. Read More
A new world record is by Max Conrad for circumnavigating the earth in less than 9 days. Read More
The Algerian War of Independence initiates a ceasefire. Read More
The ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution gives the right to vote in presidential elections to residents of Washington D.C.
New York holds the signing of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. Read More
The defeat of the Bay of Pigs invasion is announced by Fidel Castro. Read More
The first American in space is Alan Shepard on board the Mercury-Redstone 3 Read More
A fire-bombing is made against a Freedom Riders bus during the civil rights movement and protestors are beaten by mobs in Anniston, Alabama.
President John F. Kennedy expresses his goal to get a man on the Moon within the decade in front of a joint Congress.
A merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labor Congress established the New Democratic Party of Canada.
The Antarctic Treaty becomes effective. Read More
Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts holds the first All-Star tie game when a rain storm puts a stop to the game in the 9th inning.
The Alliance for Progress is founded by the United States of America. Read More
The opening of the theme park Six Flags over Texas occurs. Read More
Cosmonaut Gherman Titov from the Soviet Union becomes first person to stay in outer space for over a day and the second person to orbit the Earth.
The Berlin Wall begins being built in an attempt to restrict movement between East and West Berlin and making a distinct separation between East and West Germany.
The Organization for European Economic Co-operation is replaced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Babe Ruth's 34 year-old record is beat by Roger Maris of the New York Yankees when he hits his 61st home run.
The film version of West Side Story makes it's debut. Read More
The start of the American involvement in the Vietnam War takes place with the arrival of American helicopters in Saigon.
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