What Happened on May 4, 1961

Historical Events

  • 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
  • CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
  • Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
  • South Africa ANC leader John Nkadimeng arrested
1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist (Vuelta a Espa├▒a General classification 1987; Tour de France mountains classification 1985, 87; Giro d'Italia mountains classification 1989), born in Fusagasug├í, Colombia
  • Mary Elizabeth McDonough, American actress (Erin in The Waltons), born in Van Nuys, California
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Anita Stewart, American silent film actress (South of Hell Mountain), producer, and mystery novelist,, dies of a heart attack at 66

About May 4, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 62 years and 25 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Runaway - Del Shannon
  • UK #1 Song: Blue Moon - Marcels