On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 1st AFL Championship, Jeppesen Stadium, Houston; Houston Oilers beat Los Angeles Chargers, 24-16; QB George Blanda 3 TD passes, 3 conversions and a field goal
  • Briggs Stadium, home of baseball's Detroit Tigers is officially renamed Tigers Stadium
  • Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
  • Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11

Famous Birthdays

  • Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Mark Wingett, British actor