What Happened on July 23, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Music concertMusic Concert

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
  • Bricusse & Newley's musical "Stop the world I want to ..." premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • André Ducharme, Canadian (Québécois) humorist (Rock et Belles Oreilles) and author, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Antoine Carr, American NBA forward and center (Utah Jazz), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Martin Gore, English rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough), born in Dagenham, Essex, England

Person of interestWoody Harrelson

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


Famous Deaths

  • Esther Dale, actress (Birdie-Ma & Pa Kettle), dies after surgery at 75