On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1961

Historical Events

  • 86th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
  • Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
  • Mauritania adopts constitution
  • White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama

Famous Birthdays

  • Kit Clarke, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer)
  • Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • Vaughn Jefferis, New Zealand equestrian rider (World C'ship gold 1994, 98; Olympic bronze 1996), born in Huntly, New Zealand

Famous Deaths

  • Josef "Pips" Priller, German fighter ace (b. 1915)
1961 Highlights

About May 20, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 5 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus