On This Day

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 cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman), 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? 59 years, 6 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn