On This Day

What Happened on July 15, 1961

Historical Events

  • "Donnybrook!" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 68 performances

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Arnold Palmer wins the first of 2 consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Welshman Dai Rees

  • Spain accepts equal rights for men and women

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestForest Whitaker

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

  • Jean-Christophe GrangĂ©, French writer and screenwriter
  • Lolita Davidovich, actress (Blaze, Jungle2Jungle)
  • Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq

Famous Deaths

  • John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
1961 Highlights

About July 15, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 6 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer