On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1961

Historical Events

  • Arthur Michael Ramsey appointed the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • European Cup Final, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2; first Portuguese team to reach final and win the tournament

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

JFK visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 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? 59 years, 6 months and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Gemini