On This Day

What Happened on July 8, 1961

Historical Events

  • Fred Trueman takes 5-0 in 24 balls to rip through Aussies
  • Portuguese steamer "Save" breaks up off Mozambique, 227 die
  • Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-British final Angela Mortimer wins her 3rd Grand Slam singles title; beats Christine Truman 4–6, 6–4, 7–5

Famous Birthdays

  • Andy Fletcher, Britich synthesizer and bass player (Depeche Mode - "Just Can't Get Enough"), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2022)
  • Graham Jones, British rock guitarist (Haircut 100 - "Love Plus One")

Toby Keith

Toby Keith [Coval], American country singer ("Should've Been A Cowboy"; "She Never Cried In Front Of Me"), and actor (Broken Bridges), born in Clinton, Oklahoma


Famous Deaths

  • Julián Bautista, Spanish orchestral and film score composer, and conductor, dies at 60
1961 Highlights

About July 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 1 month and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • UK #1 Song: Runaway - Del Shannon