On This Day

What Happened on January 27, 1961

Historical Events

  • "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson beats fellow Australian Rod Laver 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 for his first Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court retains title; repeat of previous year's final beating Jan Lehane O'Neill 6-1, 6-4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Leontyne Price and Franco Corelli make their debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in "Il trovatore", final curtain call lasts 35 mins

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price

Famous Birthdays

  • Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress
  • Gillian Gilbert, rocker (New Order-Round & Round), born in Manchester, England
  • Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Olympic 9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • Karen Velez, American Playboy playmate (December, 1984, 1985 Playmate of the Year), born in Rockville Center, New York
  • Margo Timmins, Canadian rock singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
  • Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • Tessa Niles, British session and touring singer (Eric Clapton; Duran Duran; Robbie Williams), born in Ilford, Essex, England
1961 Highlights

About January 27, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 6 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius