What Happened in October 1961

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 A volcanco believed to be extinct erupts in Tristan da Cunha
  • Oct 1 East & West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon
  • Oct 1 KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open
  • Oct 1 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 12nd Symphony

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 1 Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard)

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Oct 1 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 1 WOLO TV channel 25 in Columbia, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 1 WYAH TV channel 27 in Portsmouth, VA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • Oct 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 2 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 2 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 "Dick Van Dyke Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • Oct 3 TV sitcom "Mr Ed" premieres on CBS
  • Oct 3 "Sail Away" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 167 performances
  • Oct 3 KMED (now KTVL) TV channel 10 in Medford, OR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 4 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Whitey Ford's 3rd straight World Series shutout

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 5 China & Nepal sign treaty

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Oct 6 JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Oct 6 USSR performs nuclear tests at Kapustin Yar & Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 7 "Bye Bye Birdie" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 607 performances
  • Oct 7 15th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Chicago 3-1 at Chicago
  • Oct 8 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Bill Brannin's Swing Parade Golf Tournament
  • Oct 8 US Constellation crashes at Richmond Virginia, 74 die
  • Oct 8 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • Oct 8 12th Formula One WDC: Phil Hill wins by one point
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 58th World Series
  • Oct 9 Tanganyika becomes independent within British Commonwealth
  • Oct 9 US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to police
  • Oct 9 Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic)
  • Oct 9 Yank Whitey Ford breaks Ruth record of 29 2/3 consecutive inning
  • Oct 9 World Series scoreless pitching streak Yanks beat Reds 4 games to 1
  • Oct 10 "Milk & Honey" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances
  • Oct 10 Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros & NY Mets
  • Oct 10 Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
  • Oct 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 11 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to 66,100m
  • Oct 11 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 12 "Let It Ride" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 68 performances
  • Oct 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 14 "How to Succeed in Business" opens at 46th St NYC for 1415 performances
  • Oct 14 14th Ryder Cup: US wins, 14½-9½ at Royal Lytham & St Annes, England
  • Oct 17 22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Oct 17 Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians
  • Oct 17 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m

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Oct 17 NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

Impressionist Painter Henri Matisse
Impressionist Painter
Henri Matisse
  • Oct 18 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack
  • Oct 18 "West Side Story", the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Best Picture 1962)

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Oct 21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 22 75,000 Flemings demand equal rights & Flemish language in Belgium
  • Oct 22 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Golf Civitan
  • Oct 23 "Kwamina" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 32 performances
  • Oct 23 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 24 "Evening with Yves Montand" opens at John Golden NYC for 55 performances
  • Oct 25 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 26 First test flight of Saturn launch vehicle
  • Oct 27 1st Saturn launch vehicle makes an unmanned flight test
  • Oct 27 American Basketball League starts play
  • Oct 27 Outer Mongolia & Mauritania become 102nd & 103rd members of UN
  • Oct 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya & Sary Shagan USSR
  • Oct 28 "Fiorello!" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 796 performances
  • Oct 28 Ground broken for Municipal (Shea) Stadium for NY Mets
  • Oct 29 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 29 13th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Ned Jarrett wins
  • Oct 30 Soviet Union tests a 58 megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba - most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 30 Soviet Party Congress unanimously approves a resolution removing Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb in Red Square

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • Oct 31 Hurricane Hattie, kills 400 in British Honduras
  • Oct 31 Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Cornelius Johannes Petrus Gerhardus "Corrie" Van Zyl, cricketer (SAf)
  • Oct 1 Gary Ablett, Australian rules footballer
  • Oct 1 Robert Rey, Brazilian-American plastic surgeon and television personality
  • Oct 2 Alan Wells, cricketer (England Test batsman v WI in one Test 1995)
  • Oct 2 Pablo Arraya, Argentina, tennis star
  • Oct 2 Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)
  • Oct 4 David W Harper, Abilene Tx, actor (Jim Bob-Waltons)
  • Oct 4 John Secada, Cuban American singer-songwriter, born in Havana, Cuba
  • Oct 4 Mary Ellen Stuart, actress (Frannie Crawford-As the World Turns)
  • Oct 4 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • Oct 5 Shell Kepler, actress (Amy Vining-General Hospital)
  • Oct 5 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist
  • Oct 5 Matthew Kauffman, American journalist and George Polk Award winner
  • Oct 5 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Oct 6 Kathrin Dörre, East German marathoner (Olympic-bronze-1988)
  • Oct 6 Tim Burgess, English drummer (T'Pau), born in Macclesfield
  • Oct 7 Matthew Roloff, American reality star
  • Oct 7 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor
  • Oct 8 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist
  • Oct 9 Arlene Boxhall, Zimbabwe, field hockey (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Oct 9 Jean Sagal, actress (Kate-Double Trouble, Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Liz Sagal, actress (Allison-Double Trouble, Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 9 Trevor Matich, NFL center/guard (Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 9 Julian Bailey, British racing driver
  • Oct 10 Brian Lee Diemer, steeplechase (Olymp-bronze-1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Oct 10 Martin Kemp, rock bassist (Spandau Ballet), born in London, England
  • Oct 10 Jodi Benson, American voice actress
  • Oct 10 Henrik Jørgensen, Danish marathon runner
  • Oct 11 Steve Young, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, NFL Player of Year '92)
  • Oct 11 Neil Buchanan, English television presenter
  • Oct 11 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer
  • Oct 13 Derek Harper, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic)
  • Oct 14 Melanie Wilson, actress (Jennifer-Perfect Strangers)
  • Oct 14 Isaac Mizrahi American fashion designer
  • Oct 16 Billy Taylor, Monticello FL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Oct 16 Chris Doleman, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Oct 16 Wilfried Brookhuis, soccer player (NEC)
  • Oct 16 Randy Vasquez, American actor
  • Oct 16 Marc Levy, French novelist
  • Oct 18 Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star sailor (Olympics-bronze-92, 96)
  • Oct 18 Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • Oct 18 Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oct 19 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • Oct 20 Ian Rush, Welsh footballer
  • Oct 20 Michie Tomizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • Oct 21 Mark Finch, film festival organiser
  • Oct 22 Barbara Potter, Ct, tennis player (changed shirt on Wimbledon Court)
  • Oct 22 Donna Wynd, 1k sprint cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 22 Leonard Marshall, NFL defensive end (NY Giants, NY Jets)
  • Oct 22 Sanath Kaluperuma, cricketer (four Tests for Sri Lanka 1984-88)
  • Oct 22 Robert Torti, American actor
  • Oct 23 Laurie Halse Anderson, American writer
  • Oct 23 Don and Ron Harris, American professional wrestlers
  • Oct 23 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer
  • Oct 24 Rafael Belliard, Pueblo Nuevo Dom Rep, infielder (Atlanta Braves)
  • Oct 24 Russell Swanson, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 24 Susan Leigh Still, lt cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Oct 24 Mary Bono, American politician
  • Oct 24 Dave Meltzer, American wrestling journalist
  • Oct 26 Mark Bucek, Winter Pak FL, Nike golfer (1994 Gary Player Tour)
  • Oct 26 Dylan McDermott, Waterbury, Connecticut, American actor (The Practice, American Horror Story)
  • Oct 27 Rick Gibson, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 CPGA), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 29 Cornelia Oschkenat, German DR, hurdler (50m indoor)
  • Oct 29 Joel Otto, Elk River MN, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA Oly-1998)
  • Oct 29 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 30 Hans Segers, soccer goaltender (PSV, Nottingham Forest, Wimbledon)
  • Oct 30 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player
  • Oct 31 Alonzo Babers, 400m/4X400m relay (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Oct 31 Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics-96)
  • Oct 31 Glenn "Doc" Rivers, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • Oct 31 Larry Mullen Jr, rock drummer (U2-I Will Follow), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 31 Sterling Hinds, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-1984), born in Toronto, Ontario

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Oct 31 Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • Oct 31 Kate Campbell, American musician

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 14 Howard Allen Frances (Anne) O'Brien (20) best-selling author (The Vampire Chronicles) marries poet and painter Stan Rice (21)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Author Anne Rice (20) weds poet/artist Stan Rice (18) in Denton, Texas

Author Anne Rice
Anne Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Author Upton Sinclair (83) weds Mary Elizabeth Willis

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Donald Cook, actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
  • Oct 2 Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies
  • Oct 4 Max Weber, Polish/Russ/US painter, dies
  • Oct 4 Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Orthodox missionary and writer, Exarch of Russian Church in North America (b. 1880)
  • Oct 11 Leonard "Chico" Marx, comedian (Marx Brothers), dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia) American filmmaker dies of a brain hemorrhage aged 44
  • Oct 14 Paul Ramadier, French politician (b. 1888)
  • Oct 14 Harriet Shaw Weaver, English political activist (b. 1876)
  • Oct 18 Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)
  • Oct 19 Benjamin Merkelbach, architect/city builder of Amsterdam, dies at 60
  • Oct 19 John Axel Fernstrom, composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies
  • Oct 25 Peter Jensen, co-inventer (loud speaker), dies at 75
  • Oct 26 Edgar Mayne, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies
  • Oct 26 Milan Stojadinović, Premier of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
  • Oct 30 Luigi Einaudi, economist/1st president Italy, dies