On This Day

What Happened on December 4, 1961

Historical Events

  • 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins

Boxing Title Fight

Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Historic Event

Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

  • Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN

Historic Event

The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain

  • WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Reich, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills) and coach (Indianapolis Colts 2018-20), born in Freeport, New York
1961 Highlights

About December 4, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 8 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
  • UK #1 Song: Tower Of Strength - Frankie Vaughan