On This Day

What Happened on November 9, 1961

Historical Events

  • Paddy Chayefsky's "Gideon" premieres in NYC
  • PGA eliminates caucasians only rule
  • The X-15 rocket plane under USAF Major Robert M White achieved a world record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reached 101,600 feet (30,970 m or over 19 miles) altitude

Famous Birthdays

  • Jill Dando, British television presenter, born in Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom (d. 1999)

Famous Deaths

  • Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), dies at 64
1961 Highlights

About November 9, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 2 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Scorpio