What Happened on April 12, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events


Music awardsMusic Awards

3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin

Famous Birthdays

  • D. D. Verni, American heavy metal rocker (Overkill - Hello From the Gutter), born in New Jersey
  • Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • Magda Szubanski, Australian actress (Kath & Kim), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England

Famous Deaths

  • Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), dies at 50
  • Philippine "Pine" Belder, [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93