On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1961

Historical Events

  • Arthur Michael Ramsey appointed the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury

Music History

Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, Missouri opens

  • European Cup Final, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2; first Portuguese team to reach final and win the tournament
  • Judge Irving Kaufman orders Board of Ed of New Rochelle, to integrate
  • Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaves Commonwealth

Famous Birthdays

  • Lea Thompson, actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City)

Famous Deaths

  • Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)
1961 Highlights

About May 31, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 6 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

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