On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1961

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Premier

"The Misfits" premieres in NYC, final movie for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
  • Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
  • Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide
  • NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
  • USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights
  • West Indian cricket batsman Rohan Kanhai scores back-to-back centuries in the drawn 4th Test against Australia in Adelaide; follows 1st innings 117 with 115 in 2nd knock

Famous Birthdays

  • Fatou Bensouda, Gambian lawyer & Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, born in Banjul, Gambia
  • Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
1961 Highlights

About January 31, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 9 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius