On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 1961

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 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
  • 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? 59 years, 11 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo