What Happened on May 4, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday

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, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Ishita Bhaduri, Indian (Bengali) Poet
  • Jay Aston, English singer (Bucks Fizz), born in Purley, Surrey
  • Jay Aston, rocker (Gene Loves Jezebel), born in Porthcawl, South Wales
  • Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist
  • Mary Elizabeth McDonough, actress (Erin in The Waltons), born in Van Nuys, California

Famous Deaths

  • Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66