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 Phila is sold to J Schleifer Properties

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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

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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

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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 Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st 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

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16th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 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

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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.

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

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

Person-of-interestThe 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

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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)

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30th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

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30th Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

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

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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

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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, 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)

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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, 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

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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

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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)