On This Day

What Happened on August 8, 1961

Historical Events

  • Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

Famous Birthdays

  • Bruce Matthews, American NFL guard/center (Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Daniel House, American music executive
  • Rikki Rockett {Ricahrd Ream], American drummer (Poison - "Every Rose Has A Thorn"), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Ron Klain, American attorney, White House Chief of Staff to Joe Biden (2021-), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • The Edge [David Evans], British rock guitarist (U2 - "I Will Follow"; "Desire"; "Where The Streets Have No Name"), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
  • Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83
  • Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
1961 Highlights

About August 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 10 months and 18 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