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Movie history events from 1961

Less than 100 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California cars are made. (California) (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Kathryn Krueger is born (Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare)

Grease 2. (Grease 2)

Laurie Myers is born. (Haddonfield, Illinois) (Halloween II)

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child is released. (Julie & Julia)

K-19 The Widowmaker. (K-19: The Widowmaker)

Piscine Molitor Patel is born. (Pondicherry, India) (Life of Pi)

At the American Association of Forensic Science awards dinner, Dr Donald Harper relates the tale of Sidney Barringer's suicide/murder in 1958. (Magnolia)

Howard W. Campbell, Jr., while awaiting execution in Israel, recounts his life as an American Spy posing as a Nazis propagandist, before committing suicide. (Haifa, Israel) (Mother Night)

Mothra rampages through Tokyoto get two small girls. (Tokyo) (Mothra)

A German who will fly a plane into Moscow's Red Square 19 years later is born. (Germany) (Now You See Me)

Edward Bailey develops on weaponry. (Cuba) (Red 2)

Project Mercury begins. (Cape Canaveral, Fla) (The Right Stuff)

A photo of a Russian spy named Alek is taken. (Russia) (Salt)

A Raisin in the Sun is released. (Six Degrees of Separation)

An impact on the Moon caused by a Cybertronian spacecraft called the Ark is detected. (VLA Radio Observatory, New Mexico) (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

Elijah Prince, aka Mr Glass, born in a department store. (Philadelphia, PA) (Unbreakable)

Edwin Partridge resigns from the U.S. Army. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Tuesday 10th January: Dashiell Hammett dies. (New York, New York) (Julia)

Friday 20th January: John F. Kennedy takes office. (Washington, D.C.) (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Tuesday 24th January: Marilyn Monroe divorces Arthur Miller. (The Rat Pack)

Saturday 18th February: Llewyn Davis signs his name to a contract dated February 18th, 1961 to receive his $200 fee for guitar work and backing vocals on the single Please, Mr. Kennedy. (New York City recording studio) (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Thursday 2nd March: 7 MIB agents, an astronomer and a dumb kid who went down the wrong back road encounter aliens outside New York. (Men in Black)

Sunday 2nd April: Diarmuid Russell convinces Pamela "P.L." Travers to meet with Walt Disney about a film adaptation of her literary character, Mary Poppins. (London, England) (Saving Mr. Banks)

Wednesday 12th April: First Manned Space Flight, Yuri Gagarin. (Soviet Union) (The Right Stuff)

Thursday 20th April: Mickey Mantle hits 2 Home Runs. (New York City, New York) (61*)

Wednesday 3rd May: Upset that Disney wants an animated sequence in Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers leaves for London. (Burbank, California) (Saving Mr. Banks)

Thursday 25th May: John F. Kennedy delivers his "I Believe We Should Go To The Moon" speech. (Transformers: Dark of the Moon)

Tuesday 30th May: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris each hit 2 Home Runs. (Boston, Massachuestts) (61*)

Saturday 3rd June: Clarence Gideon is arrested and charged with breaking into a poolroom. (Florida) (Gideon's Trumpet)

Monday 17th July: Ty Cobb dies. (Atlanta, Georgia) (Cobb)

Friday 21st July: Gus Grissom's "Liberty Bell 7" capsule has a malfunction with the hatch and it explodes prematurely and takes on water. The capsule sinks and is not recovered until July 20, 1999, 30 years after the first moon landing. (Atlantic Ocean) (The Right Stuff)

Wednesday 16th August: Roger Maris hits 2 Home Runs. (New York City, New York) (61*)

Thursday 7th September: "Mark" is born. (Gatlin, Nebraska) (Children of the Corn)

Monday 25th September: "Rose" is born. (Gatlin, Nebraska) (Children of the Corn)

Thursday 12th October: Bill Marks is born (ireland) (Non-Stop)

Friday 13th October: Fox William Mulder is born. (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) (The X-Files Movie)

Saturday 2nd December: Fidel Castro openly declares that he is a Marxist-Leninist. (Che!)

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