Historical Events in July 1961

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

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Jul 14 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Mater et magistrate

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

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Jul 17 Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 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

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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

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Jul 29 Bob Dylan injured in car accident

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
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 one millionth immigrant