What Happened on August 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Matthews, NFL guard/center (Houston Oilers)
  • Charmaine Crooks, Jamaica, Canadian 4X400m relayer (Oly-silver-1984)
  • Daniel House, American music executive
  • Rikki Rockett, American drummer (Poison)
  • The Edge, [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
  • Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83
  • Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)