On This Day

What Happened on February 11, 1961

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

Famous Deaths

  • Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor and director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • Kate Carew [Mary Williams], American caricaturist, dies at 91

Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba, Congolese revolutionary, 1st prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, assassinated by the Belgian government at 34


1961 Highlights

About February 11, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 5 months and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Calcutta - Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires