What Happened on July 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events


Sport awardTennis Open

75th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver of Australia beats American Chuck McKinley 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for his 1st of 4 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • 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, rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
  • Graham Jones, rock guitarist (Haircut 100)
  • Toby Keith, American country singer and actor (Boomtown, Blue Moon), born in Clinton, Oklahoma

Famous Deaths

  • Julian Bautista, composer, dies at 60