What Happened in September 1961

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • Sep 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 1 The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
  • Sep 4 Carol Burnette-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • Sep 4 US authorizes Agency for International Development

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 JFK begins underground nuclear testing

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Sep 5 US President JFK signs law against hijacking (death penalty)
  • Sep 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
  • Sep 9 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 10 Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari.

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 81st U.S. Men's National Championship: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (7-5, 6-3, 6-2)

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 75th U.S. Women's National Championship: Darlene Hard beats Ann Jones (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Sep 11 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • Sep 11 Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Sep 12 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • Sep 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 "Car 54 Where are You?" premieres on TV
  • Sep 13 Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit
  • Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of CP of USSR
  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 15 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Sep 16 CDU loses West German election
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, KY (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Sep 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 19 Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
  • Sep 20 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • Sep 20 James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 20 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Sep 21 Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel both ways (44 miles)
  • Sep 21 Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
  • Sep 22 Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) completes 1st "double" crossing swim of English Channel in 43 hrs 10 min at 42.
  • Sep 22 Jim Gentile's ties record of 5 grand slams in a year
  • Sep 23 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 24 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open
  • Sep 25 KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Sep 26 Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record
  • Sep 27 Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
  • Sep 27 Sierre Leone becomes 100th member of UN
  • Sep 28 "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Purlie Victorious", a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
  • Sep 28 Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
  • Sep 28 USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
  • Sep 28 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • Sep 29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 29 Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria
  • Sep 30 Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Bam Bam Bigelow, WWF wrestler (Wrestlemania XI), born in Secaucus, New Jersey
  • Sep 2 Jeff Russell, Cincinnatti OH, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 2 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer
  • Sep 3 Brian Thomas Kamm, PGA golfer (1994 Bell Canadian-6th), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 3 Greg Petersen, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Klondike-6th), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Sep 3 Rene Gonzales, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 4 Kevin Kennedy, English actor
  • Sep 4 Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Pakistani cricketer
  • Sep 5 Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian pianist
  • Sep 6 Pal Waaktaar, rock guitarist/vocalist (A-ha), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 6 Peggy MacIntaggart, Midland Ontario, playmate (January, 1990)
  • Sep 6 Scott Travis, American musician (Judas Priest)
  • Sep 6 Simon Reeve, Australian journalist
  • Sep 7 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French Pianist
  • Sep 8 Franny Michel, American actress (Patricia-Apple's Way), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 8 Paul Zanetti, Australian political cartoonist
  • Sep 9 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Sep 11 Virginia Madsen, actress (Dune, Hot Spot, Class), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Elizabeth Daily, American actress and singer (Buttercup-The Powerpuff Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 11 Philip Ardagh, British writer
  • Sep 12 Mylene Farmer, french singer (Cendres de Lune), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 12 Kathem Al Saher, Iraqi singer
  • Sep 13 Dave Mustaine, American musician (ex-Metallica, Megadeth)
  • Sep 13 KK Null, Japanese musician
  • Sep 13 Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
  • Sep 14 Antonia De Sancha, lover of British MP David Mellor, born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 15 Dan Marino, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • Sep 16 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer
  • Sep 16 Mark Parent, Ashland OR, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Sep 16 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
  • Sep 17 Pamela Ann Melroy, Palo Alto California, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92)
  • Sep 17 Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X)
  • Sep 18 Sharon Barrett, LPGA golfer (1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore-22nd), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 18 James Gandolfini, American actor (Tony Soprano), born in Westwood, New Jersey (d. 2013)

  • Sep 20 Becky Larson, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 20 Erwin Koeman, soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • Sep 20 Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and television personality
  • Sep 21 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
  • Sep 21 Nancy Travis, American actress (Kim-Almost Perfect, Chaplin, 8 Men Out), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Catherine Oxenberg, American princess/actress (Dynasty, Overexposed), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Sep 22 Vince Coleman, American baseball player
  • Sep 22 Dr. Liam Fox, British Conservative politician
  • Sep 22 Bonnie Hunt, American actress
  • Sep 23 Elizabeth Peña, American actress (La Bamba, Jacob's Ladder), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, (d. 2014)
  • Sep 23 Phyllis Hines, Nashville TN, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Sep 23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 23 Chi McBride, American actor
  • Sep 24 Dillard Pruitt, Greenville SC, PGA golfer (1991 Chattanooga Classic)
  • Sep 24 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • Sep 24 John Logan, American screenwriter
  • Sep 25 Heather Locklear, actress (T J Hooker, Dynasty), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 25 Tim Zoehrer, cricketer (Aussie keeper, & occasional WA leggie)
  • Sep 26 Will Self, English author
  • Sep 27 Christopher J Perry, Edenton NC, PGA golfer (1987 Kemper Open-2nd)
  • Sep 27 Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer
  • Sep 27 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • Sep 28 Anne White, Charleston WV, tennis (Wore spandex in '85 Wimbledon)
  • Sep 28 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Sep 28 Michael-James Wixted, actor (Smith Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 28 Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100 m hurdler (world record)
  • Sep 28 Quentin Kawananakoa, pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii
  • Sep 29 Julia Gillard, Australian politician, 1st female Prime Minister (2010-2013), born in Barry, Wales
  • Sep 30 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)
  • Sep 30 Crystal Bernard, Garland TX, actress (Amy-It's a Living, Helen-Wings)
  • Sep 30 Eric Stoltz, actor (Anaconda, Pulp Fiction, Mask)
  • Sep 30 Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • Sep 30 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • Sep 1 William S Foster, chairman (US Communist Party, 1945-57), dies at 80
  • Sep 2 Greet Koeman, Dutch singer, dies at 54
  • Sep 3 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • Sep 5 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • Sep 7 Pieter S Gerbrandy, lawyer/premier to London 1940-5, dies at 76
  • Sep 10 Leo Carrillo, actor (Pancho-Cisco Kid), dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Sep 12 Carl Hermann, German physicist (b. 1898)
  • Sep 16 A P F Chapman, cricketer (26 Tests for England), dies
  • Sep 16 Yme C Schuitmaker, potato farmer/dramatist, dies
  • Sep 17 Adnan Menderes, PM of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
  • Sep 17 Simon Delmonte, actor/director (Bleke Bet), dies at 68
  • Sep 18 Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in an air crash over Congo at 56
  • Sep 19 Helen Kimble, fictional wife of Dr Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
  • Sep 19 Pieter Tesch, mine engineer/geology (Pedestal of Netherlands), dies
  • Sep 21 Earle Dickson, inventor (band-aid), dies at 68
  • Sep 21 Maurice Delage, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 22 Marion Davies, actress (Not So Dumb, 5 & 10), dies of cancer at 64
  • Sep 23 Billy House, actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), dies at 71
  • Sep 23 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • Sep 24 Sumner Welles, US diplomat (Good Neighbor Policy), dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Frank Fay, American actor (God's Gift to Women), dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch), dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Juanita Hansen, actress (Fast Company), dies of heart ailment at 67
  • Sep 27 Hilda Doolittle, US poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • Sep 28 Michael Shepley, actor (Dick & the Duchess), dies at 54
  • Sep 29 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Onésime Gagnon, French Canadian politician, lieutenant-governor of Québec (b. 1888)