On This Day

What Happened on March 9, 1961

Historical Events

  • Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
  • Soviet flight Sputnik 9 carries and returns from orbit a dog named Chernushka (Blackie), frogs and a guinea pig

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The Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

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Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike Leach, American college football coach (Washington State University), born in Susanville, California
  • Rick Steiner [Robert Rechsteiner], American professional wrestler, born in Bay City, Michigan
1961 Highlights

About March 9, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 8 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces