Today in History for August 1961

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 49 of 49

1st - Cricketer Richie Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
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)
6th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
6th - 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
7th - Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita KhrushchevFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev 7th - Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US
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
13th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
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
19th - US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin
20th - Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson 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
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
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
Kenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo KenyattaKenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta 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
30th - Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game
30th - USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
31st - Amsterdam National Ballet forms

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 83 of 83

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
44th US President Barack Obama44th US President Barack Obama (4th) 4th - Barack Obama, 44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
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, Jacksonville FL, catcher (St Louis Cardinals)
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, Manchester England, actress (Kill Me Again)
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

Deaths 1 - 20 of 20

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

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