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

1961 History

Famous Birthdays

Carl LewisCarl Lewis (61 years old)

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

Diana SpencerDiana Spencer (1961-1997)

English Princess of Wales, born in Sandringham, England

  • 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
Born in 1961

Famous Weddings

Martha Stewart

Business magnate Martha Stewart (19) weds Andrew Stewart

Famous Deaths

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

About July 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 11 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Quarter To Three - U.S. Bonds
  • UK #1 Song: Runaway - Del Shannon