What Happened on August 9, 1961

Historical Events

  • James Benton Parsons is 1st African American to be nominated to a US Federal District Court

Famous Birthdays

  • Amy Stiller, American actress (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), born in New York City
  • Brad Gilbert, American tennis player and coach, born in Oakland, California

John KeyJohn Key (61 years old)

New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland, New Zealand


Famous Deaths

  • Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general (WWII) and head of CIA (1950-52), dies at 75
1961 Highlights

About August 9, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 3 months and 26 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