What Happened on August 7, 1961

Historical Events

  • Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

Historic Event

Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

Famous Birthdays

  • Walter Swinburn, English jockey (Epsom Derby 1981, 86, 95; Irish Derby 1983, 86; Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 1983), born in Oxford, England (d. 2016)
  • Yelena Davydova, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold USSR All-round, Team 1980), coach (Canadian Women's Artistic Team 2012) and international judge (Rio Olympics 2016), born in Voronezh, Russia

Famous Deaths

  • Frank Buchman, American theologist (Moral Re-Armament), dies at 83
1961 Highlights

About August 7, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 1 month and 20 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: You Don't Know - Helen Shapiro