On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday

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, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)

Famous Deaths

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