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Headlines From 1961 Events UK

Recipients love to read what was happening in the world on a date that has a special meaning to them, such as a birthday or anniversary, as it creates a fascinating connection with their past. A 1961 Newspaper offers the ultimate insight into 1961 news as it offers a true window into how the world once was, reported first hand from those living at that time. Birthday Newspapers offer a wonderful trip down memory lane, and the personal nature of this present will show that you have put a lot of thought into your gift.

Headlines From 1961 Events

Not only will your newspaper be a fantastic way to discover 1961 history but it will also be a treasured gift of high sentimental value. This is made even more special with the certificate of authenticity included with every 1961 newspaper, at no extra charge. This can be personalised with not only the recipients name and the occasion but also a personal message. Add the perfect finishing touch to this special gift with one of our many stunning presentation options, ranging from commemorative keepsake folders to beautifully crafted gift boxes.

These look great but will also help to store your 1961 newspaper so that it can be referred to and enjoyed for many years to come. Not just by the person receiving it but by future generations that will enjoy sharing trips down memory lane as the 1961 pictures, headlines and news reports bring back fond memories from the past.

Newspaper 1961 Article Coverage

Please see below for a breakdown of important events that happened in 1961 which are likely to be covered in your newspaper dependent on the date selected. If you're looking for specific 1961 news headlines then please feel free to contact our archivist team who are experts when it comes to researching old newspapers from this significant period of historical interest.

Date Event
1st January 1961The farthing, used since the 13th century, ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
9th January 1961British authorities announce that they have discovered a large Soviet spy ring in London.
20th January 1961John F. Kennedy becomes the 35th President of the United States.
9th February 1961The Beatles perform for the first time at the Cavern Club in their hometown, Liverpool.
8th March 1961Max Conrad sets a new world record by circumnavigating the earth on the ‘New Frontiers’ aeroplane in eight days, eighteen hours and forty-nine minutes.
13th March 1961Black and white five pound notes cease to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
12th April 1961Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space.
6th May 1961Tottenham Hotspur FC becomes the first team in the 20th century to win the league and FA Cup double.
28th May 1961Peter Benenson's article "The Forgotten Prisoners" is published in several internationally read newspapers. This is later considered the founding of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International.
4th July 1961The Soviet submarine ‘K-19’ suffers a reactor leak in the North Atlantic.
10th August 1961Britain applies for membership in the European Economic Community.
13th August 1961Construction of the Berlin Wall begins, restricting movement between East Berlin and West Berlin and forming a clear boundary between East Germany and West Germany.
10th September 1961German driver Wolfgang Von Trips crashes his Ferrari into the stand during the Formula One Italian Grand Prix on the circuit of Monza. Fourteen spectators are killed and Von Trips also dies in the accident.
25th October 1961The first edition of the satirical magazine “Private Eye“ is published in Britain.
27th October 1961A stand-off between Soviet and American tanks in Berlin heightens Cold War tensions.
9th November 1961Neil Armstrong records a world record speed of 6,587 km/hr in a ‘X-15’ rocket plane
11th December 1961 The Vietnam War officially begins, as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon along with 400 United States personnel.
19th December 1961 Goa is officially ceded to India after 400 years of Portuguese rule.
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A Newspaper From 1961

Shown as an example of papers printed at this time (click to enlarge).