On This Day

What Happened on December 13, 1961

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Premier

"The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

Execution'The Banality of Evil'

Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann

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Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
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  • Jimmy Dean's Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller

AgreementAgreement of Interest

The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein

Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager Brian Epstein
Music Entrepreneur and Beatles Manager
Brian Epstein

Famous Birthdays

  • Gary Zimmerman, American NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Fullerton, California
  • Harry Gregson-Williams, English composer, born in Chichester, England
  • Irene Sáez, Venezuelan beauty queen crowned Miss Universe 1981 and politician, born in Chacao, Miranda, Venezuela

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGrandma Moses

Anna Mary "Grandma" Moses, American painter, dies at 101

Primitive Painter Grandma Moses
Primitive Painter
Grandma Moses

1961 Highlights

About December 13, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 11 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius