What Happened in August 1961

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

6th Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 6th 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • 7th Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

7th Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 8th Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 8th Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • 9th James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
  • 10th UK applies for membership of the European Common Market
  • 11th Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
  • 13th Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

Sport awardGolf Tournament

13th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 14th Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • 15th Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.
  • 16th 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
  • 16th Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
  • 17th Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

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