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    1961 ( MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1961st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 961st year of the 2nd millennium, the 61st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1960s decade. Calendar year.

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    1. President: Dwight D. Eisenhower (R-Pennsylvania) (until January 20), John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) (starting January 20) 2. Vice President: Richard Nixon (R-California) (until January 20), Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Texas) (starting January 20) 3. Chief Justice: Earl Warren (California) 4. Speaker of the House of Representatives: Sam Rayburn (D-Texas) (until November 16), vacant(starting November 16) 5. Senate Majority Leader: Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Texas) (until January 3), Mike Mansfield (D-...


    1. January 3 1.1. President Dwight Eisenhower announces that the United States has severed diplomatic and consular relations with Cuba. 1.2. At the National Reactor Testing Station near Idaho Falls, Idaho, atomic reactor SL-1explodes, killing 3 military technicians. 2. January 5 – Italian sculptor Alfredo Fioravanti marches into the U.S. Consulate in Rome, and confesses that he was part of the team that forged the Etruscan terracotta warriors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3. January 17 –...


    1. April 17 1.1. The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cubabegins; it fails by April 19. 1.2. The 33rd Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Bob Hope, is held at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Billy Wilder's The Apartment wins and receives the most respective awards and nominations with five and ten, winning Best Motion Picture and Best Directorfor Wilder. It is the last black-and-white film to win for Best Picture until 1993. 2. April 23 – Judy Garland performs in a legendary comeback concert at Carnegie...


    1. July 21 – Mercury program: Gus Grissom, piloting the Mercury-Redstone 4 capsule Liberty Bell 7, becomes the second American to go into space (sub-orbital). Upon splashdown, the hatch prematurely opens, and the capsule sinks (it is recovered in 1999). 2. July 31 – At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseballhistory occurs, when the game is stopped in the 9th inning due to rain (the only tie until 2002 in MLB All-Star Game history). 3. August...

    April 16 - Chicago Black Hawks win their third (and last until 2010) Stanley Cup by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 2; the deciding game is played at Olympia Stadium in Detroit.

    January 2 – Todd Haynes, director and screenwriter
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    January 7 – John Thune, U.S. Senator from South Dakota from 2005
    January 9 – Oliver Goldstick, screenwriter and producer
    January 9 – Emily Greene Balch, writer, pacifist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946 (born 1867)
    January 29 – John F. O'Ryan, soldier, lawyer and politician (born 1874)
    February 3 – Anna May Wong, film actress (born 1905)
    April 24 – Walter Tewksbury, runner and hurdler (born 1876)
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  3. The Americans is a 17-episode American drama television series that aired on NBC from January to May 1961. Set during the American Civil War, the series focuses on two brothers fighting on opposite sides of the conflict. Guest stars included Lee Marvin, Jack Elam, Brian Keith, Kathleen Crowley and Robert Redford, among many others.

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  4. 1961 Rank: Title: Studio: Gross: 1. The Guns of Navarone* : Columbia $28,900,000 2. West Side Story: United Artists $19,646,000 3. One Hundred and One Dalmatians

  5. Ad Lib (typeface) Ad Lib is a decorative typeface that was designed in 1961 by Freeman Craw for American Type Founders. It was extremely popular from the early- to mid-1960s, and is often used today to evoke that era. The typeface is known for its square counters a-la the 60's.

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  6. Others report, however, that the term was coined by Paul B. Gioni, a copywriter in New York City who originated it for the Advertising Council, known as the Ad Council, in 1947. Keep America Beautiful joined with the Ad Council in 1961 to dramatize the idea that every individual must help protect against the effects litter has on the environment.

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