On This Day

What Happened on April 26, 1961

Historical Events

  • French paratroopers' revolt suppressed in Algeria

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Famous Birthdays

  • Al Lawrence, Jamaican 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Jamaica
  • Joan Chen [Chen Chong], Chinese-American actress (Heaven & Earth, The Last Emperor), born in Shanghai, China
  • Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Gail Russell, American actress (The Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 36
1961 Highlights

About April 26, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 3 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus