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February 1, 1961: U.S. launches first Minuteman ICBM Minuteman3launch.jpg
February 1, 1961: U.S. launches first Minuteman ICBM
February 1, 1961: Touch-tone phone tested by Bell ATTtelephone-large.jpg
February 1, 1961: Touch-tone phone tested by Bell
February 14, 1961: New element created Electron shell 103 Lawrencium.svg
February 14, 1961: New element created

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Cold War (1953–1962) Phase of the Cold War

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Congo Crisis 1960–1965 war fought in the Congo

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United Nations Operation in the Congo 1960s United Nations military operation

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State of Katanga 1960–1963 unrecognised state in Africa

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Simba rebellion

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The United States foreign policy during the presidency of John F. Kennedy from 1961 to 1963 included John F. Kennedy's diplomatic and military initiatives in Western Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, all conducted amid considerable Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Kennedy deployed a new generation of foreign policy experts, dubbed "the best and the brightest". In his inaugural address Kennedy encapsulated his Cold War stance: "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate".

The following lists events that happened during 1960 in the Republic of the Congo (Léopoldville).

Thomas Kanza

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  2. "The MINUTEMAN Ballistic Missile Test Program", Federation of American Scientists; "US Minuteman Missile Lands on Ocean Target", Milwaukee Journal, February 1, 1961, p1
  3. Neil A. Hamilton and Ian C. Friedman, Presidents: A Biographical Dictionary (Infobase Publishing, 2009) p406
  4. "Santa Maria Passengers Go Ashore", Milwaukee Journal, February 2, 1961, p1
  5. "America's Top Secret Doomsday Plane", by Kenneth J. Stein, Popular Mechanics (May 1994) pp 38-41
  6. James A. Abbott, Elaine M. Rice, Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration (John Wiley and Sons, 1997) p68
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  8. "Angola: Revolts, 1961", in Encyclopedia of African History, Volume 1 (Kevin Shillington, ed.) (CRC Press, 2005) p143; "Angola Crushes Armed Uprising", New York Times, February 5, 1961, p1
  9. "U.S. Reports Five Russian Space Failures", St. Petersburg (FL) Times, September 6, 1962, p1
  10. Bertil Lintner, Great Game East: India, China, and the Struggle for Asia's Most Volatile Frontier (Yale University Press, 2015) p260
  11. Thant Myint-U, The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007) p288
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  13. Richard Ben Cramer, Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life (Simon and Schuster, 2001) pp390-391
  14. "Jail for 7 in Anti-Trust Suit", Chicago Daily Tribune, February 7, 1961, p1
  15. "The Heavy Electrical Equipment Antitrust Cases of 1961", by Gilbert Geis, in White-Collar Criminal: The Offender in Business And the Professions (Transaction Publishers, 1968) p103
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  18. Morgan Tsvangirai: At the Deep End, by Morgan Tsvangirai, with T. William Bango (Eye Books, 2011)
  19. J.R.T. Wood, So Far and No Further!: Rhodesia's Bid for Independence During the Retreat from Empire 1959-1965 (Trafford Publishing, 2012) pp74-75
  20. Richard W. Orloff and David M. Harland, Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook (Springer, 2006) p10
  21. Nat Fleischer and Sam Andre, An Illustrated History of Boxing (Citadel Press, 2001) p205
  22. Sean M. Maloney, Learning to Love the Bomb: Canada's Nuclear Weapons During the Cold War (Potomac Books, 2007) p232
  23. Arthur Slade, John Diefenbaker (Dundurn Press, 2001) p103
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  25. "Red Chief's Plane Fired On — French Jets 'Attack' off Africa Coast", Chicago Daily Tribune, February 10, 1961, p1
  26. "French Try To Soothe Red Anger", Miami News, February 11, 1961, p1
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  28. Rose Ngomba-Roth, The Challenges of Conflict Resolution in Africa: The Case of Cameroon-Nigerian Border Conflict (LIT Verlag Münster, 2008) p86
  29. "Black Firsts: Politics, Entertainment, Sports and Other Fields", by Lerone Bennett Jr., Ebony Magazine (March 1982) p128
  30. Robert Silverberg, First American Into Space (Monarch Books, 1961) pp36-37; "7-Ton Sputnik Is Fired", Miami News, February 4, 1961, p1; "RUSS FIRE VENUS SHOT-- Piggyback Space Station Rides Sputnik", Milwaukee Sentinel, February 13, 1961, p1
  31. R. K. Renfield and Richard K. Stinson, Venus (Rosen Publishing Group, 2004 ) pp 14-15
  32. "Lumumba Dead; Reported Massacred By Villagers", Toledo Blade, February 13, 1961, p1; Robert Hopkins Miller, Vietnam and Beyond: A Diplomat's Cold War Education (Texas Tech University Press, 2002) p43
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  34. "Isotope Found Of 'Dead' Element-- 4 Nuclear Scientists Make 'Lawrencium'", Toledo Blade, April 13, 1961, p2
  35. "Students Riot in Moscow", Pittsburgh Press, February 14, 1961, p1; "Mob Battles Guards Over Congo Debate", February 15, 1961, p1
  36. "Rigged Riots Blast West In Moscow", Milwaukee Sentinel, February 15, 1961, p1
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  39. "U.S. ICE TEAM KILLED IN CRASH", Pittsburgh Press, February 15, 1961, p1
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  43. "Injured Boy In Well Minds Dad And Lives", Miami News, February 20, 1961, p1
  44. "Parliament Dissolved By Belgian King", Toledo Blade, February 20, 1961, p2
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  46. Jane Boulden, Peace Enforcement: The United Nations Experience in Congo, Somalia, and Bosnia (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001) p29
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  48. James Fisher, Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater, 1930-2010 (Scarecrow Press, 2011) p170
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  57. "Davey and Pal Make TV Bow", Hartford Courant, February 18, 1961, p11
  58. "The News of Television- Saturday Morning", Philadelphia Daily News, February 24, 1961, p32
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  63. "Morocco's King Dies; Led Freedom Fight; Country in Mourning", Schenectady (N.Y.) Gazette, February 27, 1961, p1
  64. "Harvard Prof. Kissinger New Kennedy Consultant", Boston Globe, February 28, 1961, p8; "'Limited War' Expert Named Kennedy Aide", Oxnard (CA) Press-Courier, February 28, 1961, p2
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