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, Scottish rocker (Danny Wilson - "Mary's Prayer"), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • Nick Heyward, British rock guitarist and vocalist (Haircut 100 - "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)"), born in Becjenham, Kent, England
  • 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)
  • Nannie Helen Burroughs, American educator and civil rights activist (founded National Training School for Women and Girls), dies at 82
1961 Highlights

About May 20, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 5 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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