What Happened on September 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Bam Bam Bigelow, WWF wrestler (Wrestlemania XI), born in Secaucus, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Eero Saarinen, Finnish/US architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • William S Foster, chairman (US Communist Party, 1945-57), dies at 80