What Happened on May 1, 1961

Historical Events

  • 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba

Event of Interest

Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba

Event of Interest

Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"

  • Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask; World Series 1995 Atlanta Braves), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
  • Steven Cauthen, American Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1978-Affirmed, Epsom Derby 1985, 87; Ascot Gold Cup 1984, 87), born in Covington, Kentucky
Born in 1961

About May 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 5 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Runaway - Del Shannon
  • UK #1 Song: Blue Moon - Marcels