What Happened on June 23, 1961

Historical Events

  • 11th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Night" wins the Golden Bear

Sports History

Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak

  • 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
  • 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
  • USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m
1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Franz de Backer, Belgian writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70

About June 23, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 11 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Quarter To Three - U.S. Bonds
  • UK #1 Song: Runaway - Del Shannon