On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1961

Historical Events

  • 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
  • Australian cricket tail-enders Ken Mackay (62no) and Lindsay Kline (15no) hang on for 100 minutes to earn a famous draw on the final day vs West Indies in 4th Test in Adelaide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive

British Politician Enoch Powell
British Politician
Enoch Powell

Famous Birthdays

  • Daniel M. Tani, American astronaut, born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • Jim Pace, American auto racer (24 Hours of Daytona 1996), born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • Volker Fried, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1992; silver 1984, 88; 290 caps), born in Osnabrück, Niedersachsen, Germany
1961 Highlights

About February 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 9 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius