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  Timeline: 1961  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1961 Milan-San Remo Raymond Poulidor (Fra) 288 km
March 26, 1961 Tour of Flanders Tom Simpson (GBr) 255 km
April 9, 1961 Paris-Roubaix Rik Van Looy (Bel) 263 km
April 29-May 11, 1961 Vuelta a Espana Angelino Soler (Spa) 16 Stages, 2,797 km
May 15, 1961 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Rik Van Looy (Bel) 251 km
May 20-June 11, 1961 Giro d'Italia Arnaldo Pambianco (Ita) 21 Stages, 4,004 km
June 25-July 16, 1961 Tour de France Jacques Anquetil (Fra) 21 Stages, 4,391 km
September 3, 1961 World Championships Rik Van Looy (Bel) Berne, Suisse 285.3 km

October 21, 1961

Giro di Lombardia Vito Taccone (Ita) Milan-Como, 253 km

•  Berlin - 1961, East Germany erected the Berlin Wall August 13, 1961.

•  Cuba - The US government severed diplomatic ties with Cuba.

•  Trivial Tidbit - 1961 was the last year where the date appeared the same up side down or right side up until 6119 .

•  Space - Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first man go beyond the earths atmosphere. He orbited the earth in 108 minutes and returned safely to earth.

•  Bay of Pigs - the US backed rebel invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba failed to overthrow communist dictator Fidel Castro.

•  Baseball - Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's home run record by hitting his 61st home run.

Notable Deaths -
Gary Cooper, 1901-1961, a Hollywood film legend and great American hero, died from complications of cancer at home one week after his 60th birthday.

Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, Great American writer and adventurer, suffer from severe paranoia later in life. His torment ended on July 2, 1961, when he committed suicide.



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