January 31 - The United States launched a space rocket with the chimpanzee Ham on board. The rocket had a speed of 8000 km/h and rose to a height of 250 km above the Earth. The chimpanzee was returned unharmed.
March 13 — Black Monday in Kyiv. More than 1,500 residents of Kurenivka were killed.
April 12 - Yuri Gagarin became the first person to visit space.
May 5 - American Alan Shepard became the second person to visit space.
May 31 — independence of the Republic of South Africa from Great Britain was declared.
October 30 — the USSR conducted tests of a thermonuclear bomb on Novaya Zemlya. (See Tsar-bomb)
November 15 — the Stalin railway was renamed the Prydniprovskaya railway
December 20 - the last death penalty took place in Northern Ireland
Events of the book 11/22/63.
Events of the series 11.22.63.
See also Category: Born in 1961
Graham McPherson, English rock singer (Madness)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, American actress
January 17 - Maya Chiburdanidze, Georgian chess player
January 26 - Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey player
February 6 — Hennadiy Kutsak, Honored Lawyer of Ukraine
February 8 - Vince Neil, American rock singer (Motley Crue)
February 16 - Andy Taylor, English rock musician (Duran Duran)
February 17 — Korotaev Andriy Vitalyovich, Russian historian, philosopher, sociologist, orientalist
February 26 - Jon-Yon, American rock musician (Bronski Beat)
March 5 - Olena Oleksiivna Yakovleva, Russian film actress
March 21 - Lothar Matthaus, German football player
March 22 - Oleksandr Tsekalo, Russian singer
March 25 - Vasyl Rats, Soviet football player
April 3 - Eddie Murphy, actor
April 26 — Oleksandr Zavarov, Ukrainian football player
May 4 - Jay Aston, singer
May 6 - George Clooney, American actor
May 7 - Phil Campbell, rock musician (Motorhead)
May 13 - Dennis Rodman, American basketball player
May 14 - Tim Roth, English film actor
May 31 - Leah Thompson, actress
June 9 - Michael Fox, actor
June 14 - Boy George, English rock singer
Alison Moye, singer
Natalia-Maria Petrivna Farina, Ukrainian singer (soprano), teacher, Honored Artist of Ukraine (1997).
June 22 - Jimmy Somerville, rock musician, singer
June 24 - Kurt Smith, rock musician (