1961

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July 5, 2022

Events

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

Fictional events

Events of the book 11/22/63. Events of the series 11.22.63.

Born

See also Category: Born in 1961 January 13: 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 June 19: 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 (