1961 in the United States

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Events from the year 1961 in the United States.

Incumbents[edit]

Federal Government[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

January 20: John F. Kennedy becomes President

April–June[edit]

President John F. Kennedy addresses a joint session of Congress, with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and House Speaker Sam Rayburn seated behind him
President Kennedy delivers his proposal to put a man on the Moon before a joint session of Congress, May 25, 1961
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
President John F. Kennedy before a joint session of Congress, May 25, 1961

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Ongoing[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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