On This Day

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
  • Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California

Person of interestJohn Key

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

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key

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? 59 years, 10 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo