What Happened on October 1, 1961

Historical Events

  • A volcanco believed to be extinct erupts in Tristan da Cunha
  • East & West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon
  • KGIN TV channel 11 in Grand Island, NB (CBS) begins broadcasting

Baseball Record

NY Yankees right-fielder Roger Maris becomes MLB’s all-time home run leader when he passes Babe Ruth's mark with No. 61 off Boston rookie Tracy Stallard in 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium

Music Premiere

Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 12nd Symphony

  • The Beach Boys record their debut single "Surfin", introducing a new musical style
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • WOLO TV channel 25 in Columbia, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • WYAH TV channel 27 in Portsmouth, VA (IND) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Corrie van Zyl, South African cricket all-rounder, coach, administrator (RSA coach 2010-11), born in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
  • Gary Ablett Snr, Australian Rules Football forward (All Australian 1992-95; Norm Smith Medal 1989; Coleman Medal 1993-95; Geelong), born in Drouin, Victoria
  • Robert Rey, Brazilian-American plastic surgeon and television personality

Famous Deaths

  • Donald Cook, American actor (Too Young To Go Steady), dies at 60
1961 Highlights

About October 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 3 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles and his Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Kon-Tiki - The Shadows