What Happened in 1961 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 674

  • Jun 16 Discoverer 25 launched
  • Jun 16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • Jun 17 "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jun 17 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • Jun 18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • Jun 18 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 18 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jun 19 "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23
  • Jun 19 Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
  • Jun 19 Kuwait declares independence from UK

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 19 NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jun 19 US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
  • Jun 22 Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
  • Jun 22 Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg
  • Jun 23 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

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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jun 29 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
  • Jun 30 Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
  • Jun 30 NASA Explorer Micrometeoroid research mission fails to reach Earth orbit

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 1 16th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 1 Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii
  • Jul 1 KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 2 Maris hits 29th & 30th en route to 61 homers
  • Jul 4 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark
  • Jul 5 80 die in collisions in Algiers
  • Jul 5 KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 5 St Louis Cardinal Bill White hits 3 HRs & a double
  • Jul 6 Portuguese ship explodes near Mozambique, kills 300

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 75th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jul 7 James R Hoffa elected chairman of Teamsters
  • Jul 8 Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • Jul 8 Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die
  • Jul 11 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Pk, SF
  • Jul 11 Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 14 Astro's Eddie Matthews hits HR #500
  • Jul 14 Finland's Miettunen government forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate

  • Jul 15 "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 90th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale

  • Jul 15 Spain accepts equal rights for men & women
  • Jul 16 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
  • Jul 16 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 2"
  • Jul 16 48th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 17 John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Jul 17 Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th
  • Jul 18 Commissioner Ford Frick rules Babe Ruth's record of 60 HR in 154-game sched in 1927, must be broken in 1st 154 of 162 games
  • Jul 19 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)
  • Jul 20 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
  • Jul 21 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
  • Jul 22 WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 23 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • Jul 23 Bricusse & Newley's musical "Stop the world I want to ..." premieres
  • Jul 24 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
  • Jul 24 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Jul 24 Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader
  • Jul 25 Roger Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Bob Dylan injured in car accident

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • Jul 29 Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games
  • Jul 29 Wallis & Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
  • Jul 30 43rd PGA Championship: Jerry Barber shoots a 277 at Olympia Fields IL
  • Jul 30 Judy Kimball wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 31 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
  • Jul 31 Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Cricketer Richie Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Aug 1 German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
  • Aug 1 New SF Hall of Justice opens
  • Aug 1 Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League
  • Aug 2 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • Aug 2 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • Aug 2 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
  • Aug 4 Spokane, Washington reaches August record 108°F
  • Aug 4 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
  • Aug 5 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • Aug 5 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
  • Aug 6 Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
  • Aug 6 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 6 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
  • Aug 7 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Aug 8 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Aug 8 Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Aug 9 James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
  • Aug 10 UK applies for membership of the European Common Market
  • Aug 11 Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
  • Aug 13 Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
  • Aug 13 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • Aug 14 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 831

  • May 16 Nina Arvesen, White Plains NY, actress (Cassandra-Young & Restless)
  • May 16 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • May 16 Kevin McDonald, Canadian comedian and actor
  • May 16 Charles Wright, American professional wrestler known as "The Godfather"

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 17 Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya
  • May 19 Lisa Rathgber Wagner, bowler (3-time LPBT Player of Year, Bowler of Decade), born in Hillsboro Illinois
  • May 19 Gregory Poirier, American screenwriter and director
  • May 20 Clive Allen, WLAF kicker (London Monarchs)
  • May 20 Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • May 20 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • May 20 Sally Quinlan, LPGA golfer
  • May 20 Vaughn Jefferis, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • May 21 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • May 22 Dana Williams, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 23 Dave Babych, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • May 23 Kevin Romine, baseball player
  • May 25 Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)
  • May 26 Stephen Robert Pate, Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic)
  • May 26 Tarsem Singh, Indian film director
  • May 27 Cathy Silvers, actress (Happy Days, Foley Square), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1976, 84, 88)
  • May 27 John Lugbill, Wauseon Ohio, US canoeist/kayaker (Olympic-92)
  • May 27 Peri Gilpin, Waco Tx, actor (Roz Doyle-Frasier)
  • May 28 Roland Gift, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • May 29 David Palmer, heavy metal drummer (ABC, AC/DC)
  • May 29 Melissa Etheridge, US singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)
  • May 29 Todd Boonstra, Minneapolis Minn, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • May 30 Ella Arolovich, Leningrad USSR, model
  • May 30 Ralph Carter, actor (Michael Evans-Good Times), born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Trey Parker, rapper/actor (Newsies, Hull High)
  • May 30 Harry Enfield, Horsham, West Sussex, English comedian (Dermot-Men Behaving Badly, Saturday Live)
  • May 31 Lea Thompson, actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City)
  • Jun 1 Johnny Ray Huston, Mt Vernon IL, PGA golfer (1990 Honda Classic)
  • Jun 1 Mark Rodenhauser, NFL center (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 1 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England (d. 1997)

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

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