Historical Events in June 1961

  • Jun 1 FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
  • Jun 3 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • Jun 3 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 3 JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Jun 4 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 8 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jun 9 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • Jun 11 "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 11 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 11 Norm Cash becomes 1st Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 11 Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jun 12 An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
  • Jun 12 Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • Jun 13 "Billy Barnes People" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 14 106°F, hottest temperature in SF
  • Jun 15 Expansion Wash Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • Jun 16 Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
  • 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
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs
  • 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