What Happened on December 12, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


  • Amateur radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36
  • 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

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

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

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