What happened in 1961, the year our Jaguar Mark 2 was built?

If you want to know more about 1961 then go to Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia.

January 1     

The farthing ceased to be legal tender

January 20      

John F Kennedy becomes President of the United States

January 31 

The US sent a chimpanzee called Ham into space in a Mercury capsule

February 6      

Our Mark 2 was built at Browns lane, Coventry

March 1     

Our Mark 2 was exported to New Zealand

President Kennedy established the Peace Corps

April 12 

Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space

April 24 

Leyland Motors’ £18 million offer for Standard Triumph is accepted by the majority of the car company’s shareholders

May 5  

Alan Shepherd becomes the first American in space

May 25

President Kennedy announces his plan to put a man on the Moon before the end of the decade

June 21

Rudolf Nureyev seeks asylum in Paris

June 25

Iraq annexes Kuwait and Britain sends troops to help Kuwait

July 1 

Diana, Princess of Wales Born

August 10     

Britain applies for membership of the EEC

August 13    

Construction of the Berlin Wall starts

October 19   

Arab League take over protection of Kuwait and British troops leave

October 30    

The Soviet Union detonates a 58 megaton yield hydrogen bomb over Novaya Zemlya (this is still the largest nuclear device to ever be detonated)

December 9   

Tanganyika gains independence and declares itself a republic with Julius Nyerere as its first President

December 11 

Vietnam War officially begins as the first American helicopters arrive in Saigon along with 400 U.S. personnel.

December 15    

An Israeli war crimes tribunal sentences Adolph Eichmann to die for his part in the Jewish holocaust.

Total UK Car Production


World Population  

Reached 3 Billion


The first Quasar was discovered

Wimbledon Champions

Angela Mortimer

Rod Laver


Breakfast at Tiffanys

The Guns of Navarone 

West Side Story


Elvis Presley: Are you lonesome tonight? Wooden Heart

Danny Williams : Moon River



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