Flag Log's World Flag Chart 1961
Other Peoples and Places
Events of 1961
January 28: The republican government of Rwanda adopted a flag in the pan-African colours.
March 1: Mali removed the human figure from its flag.
March 9: Umm al-Quwain added a crescent and star to its flag.
April 27: Sierra Leone became independent from the United Kingdom. The colours of its flag came from its coat of arms, which had been designed the previous year.
June 19: The United Kingdom terminated its protectorate over Kuwait.
July 8: Tanganyika selected its flag in advance of independence. It was the same green-black-green flag that had been flown by the Tanganyika African National Union, but with thin gold stripes separating the colours.
Sometime in August: The African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) adopted a national flag.
Sometime in August: The National Democratic Union of Mozambique (UDENAMO) adopted a national flag.
September 7: Kuwait adopted a new flag.
September 8: The Canarias Libre movement began flying a white-blue-yellow tricolour as the national flag of the Canary Islands.
September 25: Rwanda added a black R to its flag and reversed the order of the stripes to distinguish it from the flag of Mali.
September 28: Syria declared independence from the United Arab Republic. Egypt kept using the union's name and flag.
October 1: After incorporating the British-administered Southern Cameroons, Cameroon put two stars on its flag to represent its new federal strucutre.
December 1: Netherlands New Guinea was renamed West Papua and adopted a flag.
December 9: Tanganyika became independent from the United Kingdom.
December 17: The Zimbabwe African People's Union was established.
Sometime before 1961: The Mahra Sultanate in South Arabia adopted a tricolour flag.
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