What Happened on January 21, 1961

Historical Events

  • "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" premieres in Boston< Massachusetts by Boston Symphony and Chorus Pro Musica under conductor Charles M√ľnch
  • KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria

Famous Birthdays

  • Kevin Cramer, American politician (Senator-R-North Dakota 2019-, Rep-R-2013-19), born in Rolette, North Dakota
  • Sherry Ramsay, American actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns), born in Stauton, Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • John Joseph Becker, American composer and conductor, dies a day before his 75th birthday
1961 Highlights

About January 21, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 62 years and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires