What Happened on December 10, 1961

Historical Events

Sports History

Houston Oilers utility back Billy Cannon gains AFL record 373 yards combined rushing/receiving in 48-21 win over NY Titans at the Polo Grounds, NYC

Nobel Prize

Robert Hofstadter and Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and discoveries concerning the structure of the nucleon

  • US performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground)
  • USSR & Albania break diplomatic relations

Famous Birthdays

  • Mark McKoy, Canadian track star (world record 50m indoor, Olympic gold 1992), born in Georgetown, British Guiana
  • Nia Peeples, American dancer and host (Fame, Party Machine), born in Hollywood, California

Famous Weddings

  • Dr Ruth marries Fred Westheimer
1961 Highlights

About December 10, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
  • UK #1 Song: Tower Of Strength - Frankie Vaughan