Today in History for April 1961

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 61 of 61

3rd - "Happiest Girl in the World" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 97 perfs
3rd - Connie Mack Stadium in Phila is sold to J Schleifer Properties
5th - Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"
5th - Dutch governor Platteel installs New Guinea Council
8th - "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 100 perfs
8th - British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
10th - 25th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280
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
11th - Bob Dylan makes his 1st appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village
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
12th - 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur 12th - Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner
12th - Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
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
17th - 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Castro
17th - 33rd Academy Awards - "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor/actress
Actor Jimmy StewartActor Jimmy Stewart 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.
35th US President John F. Kennedy35th US President John F. Kennedy 24th - JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs
Swedish warship Vasa sinking in Stockholm harborSwedish warship Vasa sinking in Stockholm harbor

24th - 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged
25th - "Young Abe Lincoln" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 27 perfs
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
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 26th - Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961
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
30th - SF Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 58 of 58

1st - Jennifer Runyon, actress (Cindy-A Very Brady Christmas)
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
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)
Actor Eddie MurphyActor Eddie Murphy (3rd) 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, Hollywood California, actor (Lt Jeb Pruitt-Baa Baa Black Sheep)
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)
Actor Robert CarlyleActor Robert Carlyle (14th) 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, Brit 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
NBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah ThomasNBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah Thomas (30th) 30th - Isiah Thomas, NBA forward (Detroit Piston; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

1st - Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye
Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey OswaldEx-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald (30th) 30th - Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 20 of 20

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)

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