What Happened on July 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


Sport awardGolf Major

16th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii
  • KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Carl Lewis [Frederick], sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England (d. 1997)

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Kalpana Chawla, Karnal India, astronaut (STS 87)
  • Malcolm Elliott, British cyclist

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Business magnate Martha Stewart (19) weds Andrew Stewart

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart

Famous Deaths

  • Louis-Ferdinand CĂ©line, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67