On This Day

What Happened on February 11, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Robert Weaver sworn in as Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, the 1st African American to be appointed to a US cabinet-level position

Famous Birthdays

  • Becky LeBeau, vocalist (Mischief), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Carey Lowell, American actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close), born in NYC, New York
  • Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics 1980, 84, 88, 92)

Famous Deaths

  • Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor and director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • Kate Carew [Mary Williams], American caricaturist, dies at 91
  • Patrice Lumumba, Congolese revolutionary, 1st prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, assassinated by the Belgian government at 34