What Happened on January 8, 1961

Historical Events

  • Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
  • The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war

Famous Birthdays

  • Calvin Smith, American athlete, born in Bolton, Mississippi
  • Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Shoaib Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman (45 Tests @ 44.34; 7 x 100; 63 ODIs; son of Hanif Mohammad), born in Karachi, Pakistan

Famous Deaths

  • Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 50
1961 Highlights

About January 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 10 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson