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

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 12nd Symphony

  • 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