What Happened in August 1961

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Cricketer Richie Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Aug 1 German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
  • Aug 1 New SF Hall of Justice opens
  • Aug 1 Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League
  • Aug 2 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • Aug 2 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • Aug 2 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
  • Aug 4 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F
  • Aug 4 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
  • Aug 5 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • Aug 5 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
  • Aug 6 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
  • Aug 6 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 6 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • Aug 7 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Aug 8 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 9 James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
  • Aug 10 UK applies for membership of the European Common Market
  • Aug 11 Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
  • Aug 13 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
  • Aug 13 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • Aug 14 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • Aug 15 Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.
  • Aug 16 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
  • Aug 16 Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
  • Aug 17 Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress

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Aug 19 US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Aug 20 Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
  • Aug 20 East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13
  • Aug 20 22nd Venice Film Festival: "Last Year at Marienbad" directed by Alain Resnais wins Golden Lion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 21 Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 22 Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
  • Aug 23 Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
  • Aug 23 East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin
  • Aug 23 US lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back
  • Aug 24 Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
  • Aug 24 Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
  • Aug 25 Brazilian president Janio Quadros, resigns
  • Aug 26 Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
  • Aug 27 Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on "What's My Line"
  • Aug 27 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open
  • Aug 30 1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons
  • Aug 30 J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a US District Court
  • Aug 30 Last Spanish troops leave Morocco

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game

MLB Pitcher Jack Fisher
MLB Pitcher
Jack Fisher
  • Aug 30 USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
  • Aug 31 Amsterdam National Ballet forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 1 Andrew Nicholson, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 1 Bart Conner, US, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Aug 1 Bradford John Faxon Jr, Oceanport NJ, PGA golfer (1986 Provident)
  • Aug 1 Danny Blind, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/Ajax)
  • Aug 1 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, I Want to Live), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Aug 1 Mike Watkinson, cricketer (England off-spinner all-rounder v WI 1995)
  • Aug 2 Ed West, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 2 Pete de Freitas, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • Aug 2 Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
  • Aug 3 Ken Wark, Australian field hockey fullback (Oly-4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • Aug 3 Lee Rocker, [Leon Drucker], rock bassist (Stray Cats-Gonna Ball)
  • Aug 3 Molly Hagan, American actress

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 4 Barack Obama, 44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Aug 4 Lauren Tom, American actress
  • Aug 5 Athula Samarasekera, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
  • Aug 5 Tawny Kitaen, SD California, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard)
  • Aug 5 Mark O'Connor, American violinist
  • Aug 6 Bruce Matthews, center/guard (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Aug 6 Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
  • Aug 6 Earl Winfield, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 6 Mary Lou, Daniels Chicago lL, tennis star
  • Aug 7 Walter Swimburn, Irish jockey (Derby 1981)
  • Aug 7 Yelena Davydova, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Aug 8 Bruce Matthews, NFL guard/center (Houston Oilers)
  • Aug 8 Charmaine Crooks, Jamaica, Canadian 4X400m relayer (Oly-silver-1984)
  • Aug 8 The Edge, [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 Daniel House, American music executive
  • Aug 8 Rikki Rockett, American drummer (Poison)
  • Aug 9 Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California
  • Aug 9 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland
  • Aug 9 Amy Stiller, American actress
  • Aug 10 Beatrice Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Lisa-Four Seasons)
  • Aug 10 Jon Farriss, Australian rock vocalist/drummer (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • Aug 11 Craig Ehlo, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Aug 11 Frederick W Sturckow, USMC capt/astronaut (sk: STS 88), born in La Mesa, California
  • Aug 12 Roy Hay, guitarist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
  • Aug 12 Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
  • Aug 12 Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
  • Aug 13 Bettine Vriesekoop, Dutch table tennis star
  • Aug 13 Dawnn Lewis, actress (Jaleesa-Different World)
  • Aug 13 Neil Mallender, cricketer (England pace bowler in two Tests 1992)
  • Aug 13 Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster
  • Aug 13 Tom Perrotta, American novelist
  • Aug 13 Sunil Shetty, Indian Actor, Producer
  • Aug 14 Susan Olson, actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 14 "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • Aug 15 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 15 Matt Johnson, rocker (The The-Infected Soul Mining)
  • Aug 15 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
  • Aug 15 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • Aug 16 Christian Okoye, American football player
  • Aug 17 Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Aug 18 John Viscardi, actor (Father Tony-One Life to Live), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 18 Bob Woodruff, American journalist, anchor
  • Aug 19 Danuta Bartoszek, Pyrzyce Poland, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 20 Linda Mantz, actress (Frankie-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 20 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • Aug 20 Greg Egan, Australian author
  • Aug 20 Joe Pasquale, English comedian
  • Aug 21 Danny Sheaffer, catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 21 Lance Earl Deal, Riverton Wyoming, hammer thrower (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Aug 21 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
  • Aug 21 V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
  • Aug 22 Debbi Peterson, rock drummer (Bangles-Eternal Flame), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 22 Jay Ashton, rocker (Gene Loves Jezebel)
  • Aug 22 John Kidd, NFL punter (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 22 Roland Orzabal, rock vocalist (Tears for Fears-Shout, Head over Heels)
  • Aug 23 Julio Franco, Sp de Macrois Dom Rep, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • Aug 23 Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • Aug 24 Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
  • Aug 24 Mark "Bedders" Bedfored, rock bassist (Madness), born in London, England
  • Aug 24 Ingrid Berghmans, Belgian judoka
  • Aug 24 Jared Harris, English actor
  • Aug 25 Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer (Achy Breaky Heart), born in Flatwoods, Kentucky
  • Aug 25 Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, actress (Kill Me Again), born in Manchester, England
  • Aug 26 Jeff Parrett,pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Aug 26 Jimmy Olander, Palos Verdes Cal, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in Middle)
  • Aug 27 "Downtown" Julie Brown, TV host (Club MTV, Inside Edition)
  • Aug 27 Tom Ford, American fashion designer
  • Aug 28 Kim Appleby, Stoke Newington, English singer (Mel & Kim-Coming to America), born in London, England
  • Aug 29 Tony MacAlpine, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity)
  • Aug 31 David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Giovanni B Angioletti, Italian writer (I grandi ospiti), dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63
  • Aug 5 Sidney Holland, PM of New Zealand (1949-57), dies at 67
  • Aug 6 Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
  • Aug 8 Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
  • Aug 8 Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83
  • Aug 8 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
  • Aug 9 Walter Bedell Smith, US general/WW II chief of staff, dies at 75
  • Aug 11 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • Aug 13 Adeline De Walt Reynolds, actress (Son of Dracula), dies at 78
  • Aug 14 Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
  • Aug 14 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
  • Aug 16 Maulvi Abdul Haq, Father of Modern Urdu (b. 1870)
  • Aug 17 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 18 Learned Hand, Chief judge of US court of Appeals, dies at 89
  • Aug 18 Leonhard Frank, writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer, dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • Aug 30 Charles Coburn, actor (Heaven Can Wait, Idiot's Delight), dies at 84