On This Day

What Happened on July 1, 1961

Historical Events

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

US Women's Golf Open

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

Famous Birthdays

Carl Lewis

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

Diana Spencer

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

  • Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (STS 87) and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, born in Karnal, East Punjab, India (d. 2003)
  • Malcolm Elliott, British road cyclist (Tour of Britain 1988), born in Sheffield, England

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Louis-Ferdinand CĂ©line, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67
1961 Highlights

About July 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 5 months and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer