On This Day

What Happened on November 18, 1961

Historical Events

  • "Gay Life" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • "Kwamina" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 32 performances

Historic Event

JFK sends 18,000 military advisors to South Vietnam

  • US Ranger 2 launched to Moon; failed

Famous Birthdays

  • Gunnar Idenstam, Swedish concert organist, arranger, and composer, born in JukkasjÀrvi, Sweden
  • Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • Steven Moffat, Scottish TV writer and producer (Doctor Who, Sherlock), born in Paisley, Scotland

Famous Deaths

  • Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), dies at 61
1961 Highlights

About November 18, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 60 years and 14 days
Leap Year: No

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