On This Day

What Happened on January 26, 1961

Historical Events


Music release#1 in the Charts

"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st woman personal physician to a US President - Janet G. Travell (to John F. Kennedy)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestWayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey hall of fame center (Stanley Cup 1984, 85, 87, 88; Hart Memorial Trophy [MVP] 1980–87, 89; Art Ross Trophy [scoring champion] 1981–87, 90, 91, 94; Edmonton Oilers, LA Kings), born in Brantford, Ontario

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Famous Deaths

  • Morris Nichols, cricketer (41 wkts in 14 Tests for Eng 1930-39), dies
1961 Highlights

About January 26, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 9 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius