What Happened on October 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 12nd Symphony

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard)

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 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, [Cornelius Johannes Petrus Gerhardus], South African cricketer (SAf), born in Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • Gary Ablett, Australian rules footballer
  • Robert Rey, Brazilian-American plastic surgeon and television personality

Famous Deaths

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