What Happened on December 30, 1961

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th Symphony in Moscow (completed 1936)

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Johnson, Canadian athlete (Olympic 100m gold 1988-disqualified), born in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Bill English, New Zealand politician and Prime Minister (National: 2016-17), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
  • Douglas Coupland, Canadian author
  • Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Jacobus "Ko" van den Bosch, Dutch actor (Amsterdamned)/dir, dies at 53
1961 Highlights

About December 30, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 8 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
  • UK #1 Song: Moon River - Danny Williams