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.
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January 25, 1961
A presidential news conference is broadcast live for the first time and is delivered by President Kennedy.
January 31, 1961
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.
February 4, 1961
The Colonial War in Portugal begins in Angola.
February 12, 1961
The U.S.S.R launches Venera 1 towards Venus.
February 15, 1961
The southern part of Europe experiences a total solar eclipse.
March 1, 1961
President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps of the United States.
March 8, 1961
A new world record is by Max Conrad for circumnavigating the earth in less than 9 days.
March 18, 1961
The Algerian War of Independence initiates a ceasefire.
March 29, 1961
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.
March 30, 1961
New York holds the signing of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.
April 20, 1961
The defeat of the Bay of Pigs invasion is announced by Fidel Castro.
May 5, 1961
The first American in space is Alan Shepard on board the Mercury-Redstone 3
May 14, 1961
A fire-bombing is made against a Freedom Riders bus during the civil rights movement and protestors are beaten by mobs in Anniston, Alabama.
May 25, 1961
President John F. Kennedy expresses his goal to get a man on the Moon within the decade in front of a joint Congress.
June 17, 1961
A merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labor Congress established the New Democratic Party of Canada.