On This Day

What Happened on January 24, 1961

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Edward Albee's "American Dream" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68

Famous Birthdays

  • Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Soviet cosmonaut, born in Varna, Bulgaria
  • Nastassja Kinski, German actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Vince Russo, American writer, born in Long Island, New York
  • William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete, born in Leuven, Belgium

Famous Deaths

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82
1961 Highlights

About January 24, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 7 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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