On This Day

What Happened in June 1961

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
  • Jun 3 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • Jun 3 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

Meeting of Interest

Jun 3 American President JFK & Soviet Premier Khrushchev meet in Vienna

Sports History

Jun 4 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Belle Meade CC: Mary Lena Faulk wins by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Betsy Rawls

Summit of Interest

Jun 4 US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev meet at the Vienna Summit in Austria

  • Jun 8 Test cricket debut of future Australian captain Bill Lawry, 1st Test v England in Birmingham

Baseball Record

Jun 8 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

  • Jun 9 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • Jun 11 "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 11 Norm Cash becomes 1st Detroit Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium

Baseball Record

Jun 11 Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs

  • Jun 12 Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • Jun 13 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances
  • Jun 14 106°F, hottest temperature in San Francisco
  • Jun 15 Expansion Washington Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • Jun 16 Dave Garroway is fired as host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jun 16 Reconnaissance satellite Discoverer 25 launched from the US
  • Jun 16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • Jun 17 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 7 performances
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Gene Littler wins his sole major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Bob Goalby and Doug Sanders
  • Jun 18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • Jun 18 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 19 "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by The Coasters peaks at #23
  • Jun 19 Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
  • Jun 19 Kuwait declares independence from UK
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs
  • Jun 19 US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
  • Jun 22 Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
  • Jun 22 Beatles record "Ain't She Sweet", "Cry for a Shadow", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Why", "Nobody's Child" & "My Bonnie", in Hamburg, Germany

Baseball Record

Jun 22 MLB Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive games played streak

  • Jun 23 The Antarctic Treaty, ensuring that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes; for international cooperation in scientific research; and does not become the scene or object of international discord, comes into force
  • Jun 23 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
  • Jun 23 Philadelphia Phillies overcome 9 run deficit; trailing 11-2 after 7 innings, score 4 in 8th and 6 in 9th to beat Pirates, 12-11 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jun 23 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m
  • Jun 23 11th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Night" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances

Music Recording

Jun 24 Tony Sheridan, backed by the Beatles, records "If You Love Me Baby" (aka "Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby") in Hamburg, Germany

  • Jun 24 Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
  • Jun 25 Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • Jun 25 Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
  • Jun 27 Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
  • Jun 28 Phils and San Francisco set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 innings tie
  • Jun 29 Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)

Baseball Record

Jun 29 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes the 4th player in MLB history with 3 or more home runs twice in one season with a 10th inning blast in Giants 8-7 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia

  • Jun 29 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government
  • Jun 30 Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
  • Jun 30 NASA Explorer Micrometeoroid research mission fails to reach Earth orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 John Huston, American golfer (US Masters 1990 3rd, 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Paul Coffey

Jun 1 Paul Coffey, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (Norris Trophy 1984–85, 1985–86, 1994–95; 14 x NHL All Star; Stanley Cup 1984, 85, 87-Edmonton, 1991-Pittsburgh), born in Weston, Ontario

  • Jun 1 (Marcus) "Mark" Curry, American comedian and actor (Hangin' With Mr. Cooper), born in Oakland, California
  • Jun 1 Werner Günthör, Swiss athlete (World C'ship gold, shot put 1987, 91, 93; Olympic bronze 1988), born in Uttwil, Switzerland
  • Jun 1 Peter Machajdík, Slovak contemporary classical composer (To the Rainbow So Close Again; Effugium), born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 2 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • Jun 2 Kerry Junna-Saxby, Australian 10k walker (Olympics-15th-1992, 96)
  • Jun 2 Dez Cadena, American punk musician (Black Flag), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Liam Cunningham, Irish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jun 3 Kevin Arnott, Zimbabwean cricketer (batsman, 101* v NZ 1992)
  • Jun 3 Peter Glen Vidmar, American gymnast (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 3 Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • Jun 3 César Zabala, Paraguayan soccer defender (49 caps; Cerro Porteño), born in Luque, Paraguay (d. 2020)
  • Jun 4 (Eldra) "El" Debarge, American pop-rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Debarge - "Rhythm of the Night"), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • Jun 4 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Prime Minister of Hungary (2004-09), born in Pápa, Hungary
  • Jun 4 Kym Ambrose, Australian jazz vibraphonist (The Brazilian Ensemble), born
  • Jun 5 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star (Davis Cup 1987), born in Chennai, India
  • Jun 5 Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (d. 1999)
  • Jun 6 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • Jun 6 Sydney Walsh, American actress (Maureen "Mo" DeMott in Hooperman), born in Manhattan, NYC, New York, United States
  • Jun 6 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • Jun 6 Tom Araya, Chilean-American heavy metal bass guitarist and lead singer (Slayer), born in Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Jun 6 Nir Brand, Israeli conductor and musician, born in Beersheba, Israel
  • Jun 6 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • Jun 6 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), born in Larne, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 7 Dave Catching, American session and touring musician (Eagles of Death Metal; earthlings?), born in Memphis, Tennesee
  • Jun 8 Kevin Gross, American baseball pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Downey, California
  • Jun 8 Keti Garbi, Greek pop singer (To Kati), born in Athens, Greece

Michael J. Fox

Jun 9 Michael J. Fox, Canadian actor, author, comedian and activist (Family Ties; Back To The Future; Teen Wolf), born in Edmonton, Alberta

  • Jun 9 Aaron Sorkin, American screenwriter and playwright (A Few Good Men; The West Wing), born in New York City
  • Jun 10 Maxi Priest [Max Elliott], Jamaican-English singer (Wild World), born in London, England
  • Jun 10 Kim Deal, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and bass player (Pixies; The Breeders - "Cannonball"), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 10 Kelley Deal, American rock guitarist, and singer (The Breeders - "Cannonball"), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jun 11 María Barranco, Spanish actress (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), born in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
  • Jun 12 Rod Latham, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opening batsman), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jun 12 Jim Goad, American author and publisher (ANSWER Me!), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 12 Yuri Rozanov, Russian sports broadcaster (NTV Plus, Match TV; TEFI Award 2012), born in Zagorsk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 13 Bob Crow, English trade union leader (National Union RMT), born in Epping, Essex, England (d. 2014)

Boy George

Jun 14 Boy George [O'Dowd], British singer-songwriter (Culture Club - "Karma Chameleon"), born in Bexley, Kent, England

  • Jun 14 Grace Jackson, Jamaican 200m runner (Olympic silver 1988), born in St. Ann, Jamaica
  • Jun 14 Sam Perkins, American NBA forward and center (Seattle Supersonics), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 15 Kai Eckhardt, Liberian-German jazz-fusion bassist (Garaj Mahal), born in Mainz, Germany
  • Jun 15 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 15 Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese j-pop singer ("Touch"), born in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 16 Robbie Kerr, Australian cricketer (Queensland opener 2 Tests for Australia 1985)
  • Jun 18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • Jun 18 [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, English rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf), born in Essex, England
  • Jun 20 Gary Varsho, baseball player
  • Jun 20 Karin Enke, German speed skater (3 Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in Dresden, Germany
  • Jun 21 Kip Winger, American rocker (Winger), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jun 21 Manu Chao, Spanish musician, born in Paris, France
  • Jun 21 Sascha Konietzko, German musician (KMFDM), born in Hamburg, Germany

Joko Widodo

Jun 21 Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014-), born in Surakarta, Indonesia

  • Jun 22 Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)
  • Jun 22 Jimmy Somerville, Scottish rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (Bronski Beat; Communards), born in Glasgow, Soctland
  • Jun 22 Stephen Batchelor, British Olympic hockey player, born in Beare Green, Surrey
  • Jun 23 LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Jun 23 Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • Jun 23 Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • Jun 24 Bernie Nicholls, Canadian NHL center, 1981-99 (Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and 4 other teams), born in Haliburton, Ontario
  • Jun 24 Curt Smith, British-American rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"; "Shout"), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • Jun 24 Natalya Shaposhnikova, Soviet artistic gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rostov-on-Don, USSR
  • Jun 24 Iain Glen, Scottish actor (Game of Thrones, Resident Evil), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Ricky Gervais

Jun 25 Ricky Gervais, English actor and comedian (The Office), born in Reading, England

  • Jun 25 Timur Bekmambetov, Russian Kazakh director (Night Watch), born in Guryev, Soviet Union
  • Jun 26 Greg LeMond, American road cyclist (Tour de France 1986, 89, 90; World C'ship gold road race 1983, 89), born in Lakewood, California
  • Jun 26 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin - "Take My Breath Away"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 27 Tim Whitnall, English actor (Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story), born in Canvey Island, Essex, England
  • Jun 27 Meera Syal, British-Indian comedienne and actress (Goodness Gracious Me), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England
  • Jun 28 Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 28 Jeff Malone, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1986, 87; Utah Jazz, Washington Bullets), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jun 29 Sharon Lawrence [Sharon Elizabeth], American actress (NYPD Blue, Fired Up), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jun 29 Kimberlin Brown, American actress (Sheila Carter-The Young and The Restless), born in Hayward, California
  • Jun 29 Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist (Circle Jerks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 30 Karolyn Kirby, American beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • Jun 8 English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley

Ray Nitschke

Jun 26 NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette


Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 George S. Kaufman, American playwright (This is Show Business), dies at 72
  • Jun 2 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70

Carl Jung

Jun 6 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

  • Jun 7 Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies
  • Jun 9 Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
  • Jun 13 Ben A. Jones, American horse trainer (US Champion trainer by earnings 1941, 43, 44, 52; Kentucky Derby x 6 including Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 78
  • Jun 15 Tommy Scott, West Indian cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies at 68
  • Jun 15 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Jun 16 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 17 Jeff Chandler [Ira Grossel], American actor (Broken Arrow), dies as a result of medical malpractice at 42
  • Jun 18 Eddie Gaedel, American baseball pinch-hitter (shortest player in MLB history 3' 7"; St. Louis Browns), dies after mugging at 36
  • Jun 22 Betty Elder, actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
  • Jun 22 Queen Maria of Yugoslavia [Maria of Romania], Queen consort of Yugoslavia (1922-34), dies at 61
  • Jun 23 Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
  • Jun 25 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected women governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), dies at 86
  • Jun 25 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviator, dies at 74
  • Jun 26 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
  • Jun 27 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (White Heat, Cyrano de Bergerac), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Jun 27 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, dies of cancer at 52
  • Jun 30 Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87