On This Day

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Eugene Daniel, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Kolkata, India
  • Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist, born in Fusagasug√°, Colombia
  • Mary Elizabeth McDonough, American actress (Erin in The Waltons), born in Van Nuys, California

Famous Deaths

  • Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66
1961 Highlights

About May 4, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 5 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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