What Happened on December 30, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


Music releaseMusic 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, Prime Minister (2016-), born in Lumsden
  • Douglas Coupland, Canadian author
  • Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)

Famous Deaths

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