What Happened in April 1961

Historical Events

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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

5th Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

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

Sport awardGolf Major

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

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

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

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

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles

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12th Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur

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

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

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17th 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

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

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

24th 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

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

30th 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

  • 1st Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye

HeartWedding of Interest

30th Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR

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

Famous Deaths

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