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
  • Martin Gore, English rocker (Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough"), born in Dagenham, Essex, England

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson (61 years old)

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

Born in 1961

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? 61 years, 10 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • UK #1 Song: Temptation - Everly Brothers