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

Historic Event

British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive

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? 60 years, 9 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius