What Happened on August 1, 1961

Historical Events

Cricket History

Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud takes 6 for 70 in England's 2nd innings for a 54 run 4th Test win at Old Trafford

  • German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
  • New San Francisco Hall of Justice opens
  • Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • Brad Faxon Jr, American golfer (8 PGA Tour titles), born in Oceanport, New Jersey
  • Danny Blind, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/Ajax), born in Vlissingen, Netherlands
  • Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush, born in Mount Holly, New Jersey
  • Imad Khamis, Syrian politician and 67th Prime Minister of Syria (2016-present), born in Saqba, Syria
  • Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK; 8 Seconds; I Want to Live), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1994)
  • Mike Watkinson, English cricketer (England off-spinner all-rounder v WI 1995), born in Westhoughton, Lancashire
1961 Highlights

About August 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 6 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • UK #1 Song: Well I Ask You - Eden Kane