On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1961

Historical Events

  • Amateur radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

Football Awards

Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Argentine forward Omar Sívori wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez and English forward Johnny Haynes

Historic Event

Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators are arrested in Albany, Georgia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • Daiun Sogaku Harada, Zen founder of Sanbo Kyodan lineage, dies at 91
1961 Highlights

About December 12, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 11 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

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