What Happened in July 1961

Historical Events


Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 1 US Open Women's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Mickey Wright wins her 3rd Open by 6 strokes, despite a 2nd round 8-over par 80

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jul 1 Haleakala National Park forms in Hawaii
  • Jul 1 KNDU TV channel 25 in Richland-Pasco-Kennew, WA (NBC) 1st broadcast

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 2 Amidst 5 NY Yankee homers v Washington, Roger Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 for the season

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jul 4 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark
  • Jul 5 80 die in collisions in Algiers
  • Jul 5 KUSD TV channel 2 in Vermillion, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 5 St Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White smashes 3 HRs & a double in 9-1 rout of LA Dodgers
  • Jul 6 Portuguese ship explodes near Mozambique, kills 300
  • Jul 7 James R Hoffa elected chairman of Teamsters

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 75th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver of Australia beats American Chuck McKinley 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for his 1st of 4 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jul 8 Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • Jul 8 Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-British final Angela Mortimer beats Christine Truman 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
  • Jul 11 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco
  • Jul 11 Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
  • Jul 14 Astro's Eddie Matthews hits HR #500
  • Jul 14 Finland's Miettunen government forms
  • Jul 15 "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Jul 15 90th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 15 Spain accepts equal rights for men and women
  • Jul 16 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
  • Jul 16 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 2"
  • Jul 16 48th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 17 John Chancellor becomes news anchor of "Today Show"
  • Jul 17 Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th
  • Jul 18 Commissioner Ford Frick rules Babe Ruth's record of 60 HR in 154-game sched in 1927, must be broken in 1st 154 of 162 games
  • Jul 19 1st in-flight movie shown on TWA
  • Jul 20 French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte
  • Jul 21 Launch of Mercury 4 (Liberty Bell) with Grissom
  • Jul 22 WBNB TV channel 10 in Charlotte Amaile, VI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 23 Bricusse & Newley's musical "Stop the world I want to ..." premieres

Music concertMusic Concert

Jul 23 American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

Opera Singer Grace Bumbry
Opera Singer
Grace Bumbry
  • Jul 24 Beginning of a trend, a US commercial plane is hijacked to Cuba
  • Jul 24 Edwin Newman becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Jul 24 Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader
  • Jul 25 Roger Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Bob Dylan injured in car accident

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • Jul 29 Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games
  • Jul 29 Wallis and Futuna Islands become a French overseas territory
  • Jul 30 Judy Kimball wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 31 PGA Championship, Olympia Fields CC: Jerry Barber wins his only major title in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Don January (67-68)
  • Jul 31 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
  • Jul 31 Israel welcomes its one millionth immigrant

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestDiana Spencer

Jul 1 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England (d. 1997)

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Jul 1 Kalpana Chawla, Karnal India, astronaut (STS 87)

Person of interestCarl Lewis

Jul 1 Carl Lewis, American sprinter/long jumper (9 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Jul 1 Malcolm Elliott, British road cyclist (Tour of Britain 1988), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jul 2 Alba Parietti, Torino Italy, actress (Galagoal, Abbronzatissima)
  • Jul 2 James McNichol, actor (Fitzpatricks, California Fever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 2 Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jul 2 Michael Lindsay, Voice actor
  • Jul 3 Liz Stewart, playmate (July, 1984), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 3 Vince Clarke, Basildon Essex, rock keyboardist (Erasure)
  • Jul 3 Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer
  • Jul 3 Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs)
  • Jul 4 Connie Paraskevin-Young, American sprint cyclist (Olymp-br-88, 92, 96), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 4 Richard Allen Garriott, English-American computer game designer (Origin), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jul 5 Isabelle Poulenard, French soprano
  • Jul 6 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown, Virg, 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Jul 6 Kimberly Foster, actress (It Takes Two)
  • Jul 8 Andy Fletcher, rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
  • Jul 8 Graham Jones, rock guitarist (Haircut 100)
  • Jul 8 Toby Keith, American country singer and actor (Boomtown, Blue Moon), born in Clinton, Oklahoma
  • Jul 10 Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor (Bullet in the Head), born in Hong Kong
  • Jul 12 Bruce Braman, Greene NY, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 13 Anders Jarryd, Lidkoping Sweden, tennis star
  • Jul 13 Lawrence Donegan, rock bassist
  • Jul 13 Stelios Manolas, Greek footballer and manager
  • Jul 13 Tim Watson, Australian rules footballer
  • Jul 14 Jackie Earle Haley, Northridge California, actor (Breaking Away)

Person of interestForest Whitaker

Jul 15 Forest Whitaker, actor and director (The Last King of Scotland, Platoon), born in Longview, Texas

  • Jul 15 Lolita Davidovich, actress (Blaze, Jungle2Jungle)
  • Jul 15 Jean-Christophe Grangé, French writer and screenwriter
  • Jul 15 Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq
  • Jul 17 Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor
  • Jul 18 Elizabeth McGovern, actress (Once Upon a Time in Amer), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jul 19 Suzi Schott, American actress and Playboy playmate (August, 1984), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Jul 19 Campbell Scott, American actor, director and producer (Saint Ralph, Big Night), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 19 Maria Filatova, Soviet gymnast (Olympic 1976, 80 Gold), born in Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • Jul 19 Hideo Nakata, Japanese film director, born in Okayama, Japan
  • Jul 19 Benoît Mariage, Belgian film director, born in Virton, Belgium
  • Jul 21 Don Wilson, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jul 21 Henry Ellard, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 21 Jim Martin, rock guitarist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Oakland, California
  • Jul 21 Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer
  • Jul 22 Calvin Fish, English racing driver
  • Jul 22 Keith Sweat, American singer
  • Jul 23 Antoine Carr, American NBA forward and center (Utah Jazz), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 23 Martin Gore, English rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough), born in Dagenham, Essex, England

Person of interestWoody Harrelson

Jul 23 Woody Harrelson, American actor (Woody Boyd in Cheers), born in Midland, Texas

  • Jul 23 André Ducharme, Canadian (Québécois) humorist (Rock et Belles Oreilles) and author, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Jul 24 Paul Geary, American heavy metal drummer (Extreme), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 24 Kerry Dixon, English footballer
  • Jul 25 Katherine Kelly Lang, American actress (Brooke-Bold & Beautiful), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jul 25 Bobbie Eakes, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), born in Warner Robins, Georgia
  • Jul 26 Andy Connell, English musician and composer (Swing Out Sister), born in Manchester, England
  • Jul 26 Gary Cherone, American heavy metal vocalist (Extreme, Van Halen), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 26 Yolanda Chen, Russian triple jumper (indoor record), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 26 Dimitris Saravakos, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos F.C), born in Athens, Greece
  • Jul 26 Keiko Matsui, Japanese musician and composer, born in Tokyo
  • Jul 27 Daniel C. Burbank, American astronaut, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • Jul 28 David Huff, rocker (Giant)
  • Jul 28 Scott E Parazynski, MD/astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jul 28 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter

Person of interestLaurence Fishburne

Jul 30 Laurence Fishburne, American actor (The Matrix, CSI, Apocalypse Now), born in Augusta, Georgia

  • Jul 30 Reggie Roby, American NFL punter (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Jul 31 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jul 31 Susan Sanders, LPGA golfer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Business magnate Martha Stewart (19) weds Andrew Stewart

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67

Person of interestErnest Hemingway

Jul 2 Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel laureate (The Old Man and the Sea), dies from suicide at 61

  • Jul 4 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Jul 6 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter and illustrator, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Enrique Larreta, [E Rodriguez Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer, dies at 86
  • Jul 6 Scott LaFaro, American jazz musician, dies at 25
  • Jul 6 Woodall Rodgers, American politician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 8 Julian Bautista, composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 9 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (Lydia, Irene, Exile Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jul 12 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • Jul 15 John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • Jul 16 [Louise] Sophie M E de Vries, actress (English Prof), dies at 88

Person of interestTy Cobb

Jul 17 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Jul 18 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jul 23 Esther Dale, actress (Birdie-Ma & Pa Kettle), dies after surgery at 75
  • Jul 27 Theodore Chanler, composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 31 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame), dies at 77