What Happened on October 2, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Alan Wells, cricketer (England Test batsman v WI in one Test 1995)
  • Pablo Arraya, Argentina, tennis star
  • Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)

Famous Deaths

  • Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies