Today in History for January 1961

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 64 of 64

1st - Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium
1st - Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
1st - Largest check issued, Natl Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
1st - Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
2nd - 1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16
2nd - Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale
2nd - 47th Rose Bowl: #6 Washington beats #1 Minnesota, 17-7
2nd - 27th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats Rice, 14-6
2nd - 27th Orange Bowl: #5 Missouri beats #4 Navy, 21-14
3rd - Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education & Labor
3rd - US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
4th - Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants
7th - 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
7th - Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps
8th - Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
8th - The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war
9th - Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn/St Paul territory
11th - Racial riot at University of Georgia
12th - "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances
12th - UN genocide pact goes into effect
14th - Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
15th - NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
15th - Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
15th - Supremes signed with Motown Records
16th - "Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances
16th - Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower 17th - Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba
17th - President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
17th - 11th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-131 at Syracuse, New York
18th - Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat
19th - 1st episode of "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
20th - Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" premieres in Boston
20th - Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration
20th - Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees
20th - The Democrat J.F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States, the youngest ever sworn in
21st - "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
Poet Robert FrostPoet Robert Frost 21st - KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting
21st - Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
23rd - Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films
23rd - Venezuela adopts constitution
24th - Edward Albee's "American Dream" premieres in NYC
24th - Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
25th - 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)
25th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
25th - Military coup in El Salvador
25th - Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released
26th - "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1
26th - 1st woman "personal physician to president"-JG Travell
27th - "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis PresleySinger & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley 27th - 49th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-1, 6-4)
27th - 49th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4)
28th - Republic of Rwanda proclaimed
29th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
29th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord
30th - Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
30th - JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps
30th - KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
30th - Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide
31st - David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel
31st - Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-GurionFirst Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion 31st - Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
31st - Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide
31st - NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
31st - USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 68 of 68

1st - Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
1st - Marcia Cross, actress (Melrose Place)
1st - Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
1st - Mark Wingett, British actor
2nd - Gabrielle Carteris, Phoenix Az, actress (Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210)
2nd - Todd Haynes, American film director
3rd - Erwin Blom, Dutch singer/guitarist (Eton Crop)
4th - Lee Curreri, actor (Bruno Martelli-Fame), born in NYC, New York
5th - Curt Bader, Bloomfield Iowa, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)
6th - Dirk de Vries, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
Actress Gabrielle CarterisActress Gabrielle Carteris (2nd) 6th - Howie Long, former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)
6th - Paul Azinger, golfer
7th - Andrew Thomson, Australian politician
7th - Supriya Pathak, Indian actress
7th - John Thune, American politician
8th - Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
8th - Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh
8th - Calvin Smith, American athlete
9th - Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter
10th - Evan Handler, actor (Dear Mr Wonderful), born in NYC, New York
10th - Janet Jones, Bridgeton MO, actress (American Anthem, Flamingo Kid)
10th - Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg, Rome Italy, concert violinist
11th - Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
11th - Jasper Fforde, British author
12th - Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)
13th - Graham "Suggs" McPherson, Sussex, rock vocalist (Madness-Our House)
Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-DreyfusSeinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus (13th) 13th - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedienne (SNL, Seinfeld, Soul Man, Troll), born in NYC, New York
13th - Kelly Hrudey, Edmonton, NHL goalie (LA Kings)
13th - Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)
13th - Suggs, English singer
14th - Robert Edwin Hall, mountaineer/businessman
14th - Mike Tramp (Trempenau), Denmark, Copenhagen Denmark, heavy metal rocker (White Lion-Mane Attraction)
15th - Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Ar
15th - Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director
16th - Paul Raven, English musician (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
16th - Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
17th - Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
17th - Brian Helgeland, American writer and film director
NHL Legend Mark MessierNHL Legend Mark Messier (18th) 18th - Mark Messier, Edmonton Alberta, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers)
18th - Peter Beardsley, English footballer
18th - Jeff Yagher, American actor
19th - Paul McCrane, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back)
19th - William Ragsdale, AK, actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk)
21st - Sherry Ramsay, Stauton Va, actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns)
22nd - Barb Thomas Whitehead, Sibley IA, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian Open)
22nd - Daniel Johnston, American musician and artist ("Hi, How Are You"), born in Sacramento, California
23rd - Trey Junkin, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
23rd - Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive
24th - Nastassja Kinski, actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
24th - Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut
24th - Vince Russo, American writer
24th - William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete
25th - Michele Tobin, actress (Fitzpatricks), born in Chicago, Illinois
25th - Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician
Ice Hockey Great Wayne GretzkyIce Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky (26th) 26th - Wayne Gretzky, Brantford Ont, NHL great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers)
27th - Charlotte Kemp, playmate (Dec, 1982), born in Omaha, Nebraska
27th - Gillian Gilbert, Manchester England, rocker (New Order-Round & Round)
27th - Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)
27th - Karen Velez, Rockville Ctr NY, playmate (December, 1984)
27th - Margo Timmins, singer (Cowboy Junkies)
27th - Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
27th - Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts)
27th - Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress
27th - Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
28th - Luann L Lee, playmate (Jan, 1987), born in Santa Monica, California
29th - Mike Aldrete, US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
30th - Ranjit Madurasinghe, cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92)
31st - Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

NFL Head Coach Mike DitkaNFL Head Coach Mike Ditka (28th) 28th - NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 17 of 17

2nd - Bob Catterall, cricketer (1555 runs/24 Tests for S Afr 1922-31), dies
4th - Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Going My Way), dies at 72
Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin SchrödingerPhysicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger (4th) 4th - Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 73
6th - Regina Ullmann, writer, dies at 76
7th - Clarice Baright, 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
9th - Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)
10th - Dashiell Hammett, US detective writer (Thin Man, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66
11th - Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
14th - Ernest Thesiger, actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81
14th - Henry Geehl, composer, dies at 79
15th - Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer, dies at 49
16th - Janos Viski, composer, dies at 54
17th - Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered at 36
21st - John Joseph Becker, composer, dies a day before 75th birthday
24th - Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82
24th - Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American swimmer and inventor (b. 1884)
26th - Morris Nichols, cricketer (41 wkts in 14 Tests for Eng 1930-39), dies

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