On This Day

What Happened on July 23, 1961

Historical Events

Music Concert

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

Famous Birthdays

  • André Ducharme, Canadian (Québécois) humorist (Rock et Belles Oreilles) and author, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 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

Woody Harrelson

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


Famous Deaths

  • Esther Dale, American actress (Curly Top; The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), dies after surgery at 75
1961 Highlights

About July 23, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 4 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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