On This Day

What Happened on December 4, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

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

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Frank Reich, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions), born in Freeport, New York