What Happened in January 1961

Historical Events

  • 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

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17th Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 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

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20th Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration

Poet Robert Frost
Robert Frost
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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
  • 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

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24th Edward Albee's "American Dream" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • 24th Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68

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25th 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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25th Louise Suggs wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 25th Military coup in El Salvador

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25th Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney

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26th "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 26th 1st woman "personal physician to president"-JG Travell
  • 27th "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • 27th 49th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-1, 6-4)

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27th 49th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 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

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31st David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • 31st Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
  • 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

  • 1st Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • 1st Marcia Cross, actress (Melrose Place)
  • 1st Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • 1st Mark Wingett, British actor

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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)
  • 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)

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13th Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedienne (SNL, Seinfeld, Soul Man, Troll), born in NYC, New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • 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

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18th Mark Messier, Edmonton Alberta, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers)

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 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

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26th Wayne Gretzky, Brantford Ont, NHL great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 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

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28th NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Bob Catterall, cricketer (1555 runs/24 Tests for S Afr 1922-31), dies
  • 4th Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Going My Way), dies at 72

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4th Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 73

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • 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