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Jump on our Virtual Newsstand as we journey back to 1961. See and read the comic books on sale month by month, and find out the major news of the day.

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Virtual Newsstand For 1961



JFK Inaugurated
Aged just 43, John F. Kennedy succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as the 35th President of the United States of America more ...


The Beatles
The Beatles perform for the first time at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. They'd make a total of 292 appearances there more ...


Peace Corps logo
With Executive Order 10924 President Kennedy establishes the volunteer Peace Corps with the aim to promote world peace more ...


Yuri Gagarin
On his only flight, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space, orbiting the Earth once in Vostok 1 more ...


Alan Shepard
As a swift response to the Soviets, Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space aboard Mercury-Redstone 3 more ...


Rudolf Nureyev
Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union requesting asylum while in Paris with the Kirov Ballet more ...


Gus Grissom Before Launch
Gus Grissom, piloting the Mercury-Redstone 4 capsule Liberty Bell 7, becomes the second American to go into space more ...


Gherman Titov
Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov becomes second human to orbit the Earth, & first to be in outer space for more than a day more ...


Dag Hammarskjold
United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in air crash en route to cease-fire negotiations in Katanga, Congo more ...


The Lenin Mausoleum
Joseph Stalin's preserved body is removed from the Lenin Mausoleum & instead buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis more ...


Photograph of U Thant
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously elects U Thant to the position of acting Secretary-General more ...


Adolf Eichmann
After being found guilty of war crimes an Israeli tribunal sentences Adolf Eichmann to die for his part in The Holocaust more ...

Unknown Month In 1961

Gagarin becomes the first man in space - Kennedy inaugurated as U.S. President - Dag Hammarskjöld killed in a plane crash more ...
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