What Happened in April 1961

Historical Events

  • Apr 3 "Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 performances
  • Apr 3 Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia is sold to J Schleifer Properties

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 5 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Apr 5 Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
  • Apr 8 "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 performances
  • Apr 8 British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 25th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 10 Adolf Eichmann tried as a war criminal in Israel
  • Apr 10 Dutch foreign minister Luns talks to JFK about New Guinea
  • Apr 10 New Wash Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox
  • Apr 11 Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Apr 11 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 11 Adolf Eichmann trial begins in Israel
  • Apr 11 Austrian 4th & last government of Raab resigns
  • Apr 11 Israel begins Adolf Eichmann WW II crimes trial

Music awardsMusic Awards

Apr 12 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • Apr 13 "Carnival!" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 719 performances
  • Apr 13 UN General Assembly condemns South-Africa's apartheid
  • Apr 14 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union
  • Apr 14 Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua
  • Apr 14 US element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered
  • Apr 15 "Music Man" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1375 performances
  • Apr 16 15th Tony Awards: Becket & Bye Bye Birdie win
  • Apr 16 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 17 33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend

  • Apr 18 CONCP is founded in Casablanca as a united front of African movements opposing Portuguese colonial rule.
  • Apr 19 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
  • Apr 20 American Harold Graham makes 1st rocket belt flight
  • Apr 21 Dirk Stikker chosen as secretary general of NATO
  • Apr 21 French army revolts in Algeria
  • Apr 21 USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,000 m
  • Apr 22 Uprising of French parachutist of Gen Salan/Challe in Algeria
  • Apr 23 "Tenderloin" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 216 performances
  • Apr 23 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 23 Algiers putsch by French generals.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Vasa

Apr 24 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged

  • Apr 25 Belgium government of Gaston Eyskens falls over the Unitary Law
  • Apr 25 "Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 performances
  • Apr 25 France performs nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • Apr 25 Mercury/Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
  • Apr 25 Premier Moise Tsjombe of Katanga arrested in Congo
  • Apr 25 Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit
  • Apr 25 Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
  • Apr 26 French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Apr 27 NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays
  • Apr 27 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 27 Sierra Leone declares independence from UK
  • Apr 28 Lt Col Gueorgui Mossolov takes E-66A to 34,714 m altitude
  • Apr 28 Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0
  • Apr 29 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts
  • Apr 30 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)
  • Apr 30 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Apr 30 Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 SF Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 1 Jennifer Runyon, actress (Cindy-A Very Brady Christmas), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 1 Jim Jeffcoat, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 1 Mark White, rock guitarist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • Apr 2 Cindy Mackey, Athens GA, LPGA golfer (1986 MasterCard Intl Pro-Am)
  • Apr 2 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Apr 2 Keren Jane Woodward, Bristol England, rock vocalist (Bananarama-Venus)
  • Apr 2 Christopher Meloni, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 3 Eddie Murphy, American actor (SNL, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Raw), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • Apr 4 Matt Cole, Stratford Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Space Coast)
  • Apr 5 Lisa Zane, American actress
  • Apr 5 Jim LeRoy, Airshow Pilot
  • Apr 6 Mike Schuchart, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Tour Championship), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Apr 6 Rory Bremner, impressionist
  • Apr 7 Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • Apr 8 Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
  • Apr 9 Kirk McCaskill, Kapuskasing Ont, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Apr 9 Mark Kelly, keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Apr 10 Jeb Adams, actor (Lt Jeb Pruitt-Baa Baa Black Sheep), born in Hollywood, California
  • Apr 10 Olivia Brown, Frankfurt GFR, actress (Det Trudy Joplin-Miami Vice)
  • Apr 10 Joe Cole (roadie), American roadie (d. 1991)
  • Apr 11 Lucky Vanous, model (GQ, Diet Coke), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Apr 11 Doug Hopkins, American musician
  • Apr 11 Vincent Gallo, American actor, director, writer (Buffalo '66, The Brown Bunny), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Apr 12 D D Verni, heavy metal rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)
  • Apr 12 Julius Kariuki, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • Apr 12 Magda Szubanski, Australian actress
  • Apr 13 Tammy Stephens, Arlington Tx, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel)
  • Apr 14 John Clarke, actor (Mickey-Days of Our Life)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Robert Carlyle, British actor (Trainspotting, The Full Monty), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • Apr 15 Lynne Austin, Plant City Fla, playmate (Jul, 1986)
  • Apr 15 Tiina Lillak, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Apr 16 Doris Dragović, Croatian singer
  • Apr 17 Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Apr 17 Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
  • Apr 17 Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
  • Apr 18 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • Apr 18 Jane Leeves, actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • Apr 18 Jeff Cook, Muncie IN, Nike golfer (1990 Greater Ozarks Open)
  • Apr 18 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
  • Apr 18 Pamella Bordes, New Dehli India, British parliament prostitute
  • Apr 18 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • Apr 19 Richard Phelps, British pentathelete
  • Apr 20 Don "Hitman" Mattingly, Evansville, Indiana, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985)
  • Apr 20 Marci Bozarth, Lampasas TX, LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th)
  • Apr 20 Konstantin Lavronenko, Russian actor
  • Apr 22 Byron Allen, comedian (Real People, Byron Allen Show), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 22 Jeff Hostetler, NFL QB (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • Apr 22 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • Apr 23 Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler (d. 2001)
  • Apr 23 George Lopez, American actor and comedian
  • Apr 25 Dinesh D'Souza, American author
  • Apr 26 Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Apr 26 Joan Chen, [Chen Chong], Shanghai China, actress (Heaven & Earth)
  • Apr 26 Nancy Scranton, Centralia IL, golfer (1991 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • Apr 28 Cathy Gerring, Ft Wayne IN, LPGA golfer (1990 Lady Keystone Open)
  • Apr 28 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer
  • Apr 29 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 30 Isiah Thomas, NBA forward (Detroit Piston; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

NBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Head Coach
Isiah Thomas

Famous Weddings

  • Apr 1 Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 2 August Defresne, Dutch director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • Apr 2 Wallingford Riegger, US composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Simion Stoilow, Romanian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Apr 6 Jules J B V Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (Nobel 1919), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Jesus Guridi, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • Apr 7 Yusef Greiss, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 9 Zog I, [Ahmed Zogu], King of Albania (1925-39), dies at 65
  • Apr 10 Irene Warfield, silent screen actress (Satan Sanderson), dies at 65
  • Apr 11 Francis de Bourguignon, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 12 Philippine "Pine" Belder, [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93
  • Apr 13 John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist (b. 1935)
  • Apr 21 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • Apr 22 Maria Radulphus, [Adrian Hermus], Curacao school inspector, dies at 91
  • Apr 24 Lee Moran, actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72
  • Apr 25 Hans F Blunck, writer, dies
  • Apr 26 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
  • Apr 27 Roy Del Ruth, director (About Face, Folies Bergere), dies at 67
  • Apr 29 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)