What Happened in June 1961

Historical Events

  • 1st FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
  • 3rd "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • 3rd 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

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3rd JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 4th Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 8th Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

8th Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 9th Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • 11th "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
  • 11th Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • 11th Norm Cash becomes 1st Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

11th Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 12th An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
  • 12th Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • 13th "Billy Barnes People" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 14th 106°F, hottest temperature in SF
  • 15th Expansion Wash Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • 16th Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
  • 16th Discoverer 25 launched
  • 16th Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • 17th "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 17th 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • 18th CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • 18th KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 18th Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • 19th "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23
  • 19th Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
  • 19th Kuwait declares independence from UK
  • 19th NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs
  • 19th US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
  • 22nd Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
  • 22nd Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg
  • 23rd The Antarctic Treaty, ensuring that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes; for international cooperation in scientific research; and does not become the scene or object of international discord, comes into force

Event of interestEvent of Interest

23rd Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 23rd Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th & 6 in 9th
  • 23rd USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m
  • 23rd 11th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Night" wins the Golden Bear
  • 24th "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances
  • 24th Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
  • 24th Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
  • 25th Balt & California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • 25th Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
  • 27th Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
  • 28th Phils & SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie
  • 29th Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

29th Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more HRs twice in a season

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 29th The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government
  • 30th Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
  • 30th NASA Explorer Micrometeoroid research mission fails to reach Earth orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Johnny Ray Huston, Mt Vernon IL, PGA golfer (1990 Honda Classic)
  • 1st Mark Rodenhauser, NFL center (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)

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1st Paul Coffey, Canadian NHL forward (Oilers, Penguins, Red Wings), born in Weston, Ontario

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • 2nd John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • 2nd Kerry Junna-Saxby, Australian 10k walker (Olympics-15th-1992, 96)
  • 2nd Dez Cadena, American musician (Black Flag)
  • 3rd Kevin Arnott, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 101* v NZ 1992)
  • 3rd Peter Glen Vidmar, gymnist (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 3rd Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • 4th Cathy Marino, LPGA golfer
  • 4th El Debarge, rocker (Debarge-All this Love), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 4th Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungary prime minister
  • 5th Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star
  • 5th Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (d. 1999)
  • 6th Bill Bates, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 6th Sydney Walsh, actress (Mo-Hooperman)
  • 6th Tom Araya, Chilean musician (Slayer)
  • 6th Nir Brand, Israeli composer
  • 6th Aldo Costa, Italian engineer
  • 7th Dave Catching, American musician
  • 8th Kevin Gross, Downey CA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • 8th Ursula Buchfellner, Munich Ger, playmate (Oct, 1979)/actress (Bloodline)

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9th Michael J. Fox, Canadian actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf), born in Edmonton, Alberta

  • 9th Aaron Sorkin, American writer
  • 10th Maxi Priest, [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)
  • 10th Kim Deal, American musician (Pixies), (The Breeders)
  • 10th Kelley Deal, American musician (The Breeders)
  • 11th Caroline Quentin, English actress
  • 11th María Barranco, Spanish actress
  • 12th Rod Latham, cricketer (NZ opening batsman)
  • 12th Jim Goad, American author
  • 14th Boy George [O'Dowd], British singer-songwriter (Culture Club), born in Bexley, Kent, England
  • 14th Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 14th Sam Perkins, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 15th Kai Eckhardt, German musician (Garaj Mahal)
  • 15th Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • 15th Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
  • 16th Robbie Kerr, cricketer (Queensland opener 2 Tests for Australia 1985)
  • 18th Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 18th [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, Essex England, rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf)
  • 20th Gary Varsho, baseball player
  • 20th Karin Enke, Dresden German DR, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980, 84)
  • 21st Kip Winger, rocker (Winger-17)
  • 21st Manu Chao, Spanish musician
  • 21st Sascha Konietzko, German musician
  • 21st Karen Barber, ice skater

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21st Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014), born in Surakarta

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 22nd Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)
  • 22nd Jimmy Somerville, Glasgow Soctland, rocker (Bronski Beat, Communards)
  • 22nd Stephen Batchelor, British Olympic hockey player, born in Beare Green, Surrey
  • 23rd LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 23rd Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • 23rd Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • 24th Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 24th Curt Smith, Bath England, rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears)
  • 24th Jim Laver Carter, Spring Lake NC, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch)
  • 24th Natalya Shaposhnikova, USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic-gold-1980)

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25th Ricky Gervais, English actor and comedian (The Office), born in Reading, England

Comedian Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
  • 26th Greg LeMond, US professional road cyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990), born in Lakewood, California
  • 26th Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin-Take My Breath Away), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 27th Meera Syal, British-Indian comedienne and actress
  • 28th Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders)
  • 28th Jeff Malone, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Miami Heat)
  • 29th Sharon Lawrence [Sharon Elizabeth], Charlotte, North Carolina, American actress (NYPD Blue, Fired Up)
  • 29th Kimberlin Brown, American actress
  • 29th Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist
  • 30th Karolyn Kirby, US beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94)

Famous Weddings

  • 8th English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley

HeartWedding of Interest

26th NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd George S Kaufman, playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72
  • 2nd Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor/director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70

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6th Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Carl Jung
  • 7th Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies
  • 9th Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
  • 13th Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79
  • 15th Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 16th O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • 16th Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • 17th Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), dies as a result of medical malpractice at 42
  • 22nd Betty Elder, actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
  • 22nd Maria of Romania, Queen Consort of Yugoslavia (b. 1900)
  • 23rd Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
  • 26th Kenneth F Fearing, US, poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
  • 27th Paul (II) Guilfoyle, actor (Apache, Final Anaylsis), dies at 58
  • 30th Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87