On This Day

What Happened on October 18, 1961

Historical Events

  • Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack

Film release premierFilm Release

Film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, and starring Natalie Wood, debuts (Academy Award - Best Picture, 1962)

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer Jerome Robbins
Choreographer, Director and Theater Producer
Jerome Robbins

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • Wynton Marsalis, American jazz and classical trumpeter (9 Grammy Awards; Pulitzer Prize for "Blood on the Fields"; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American silent film actress (The Dragon Painter) dies at 69
1961 Highlights

About October 18, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years and 11 months
Leap Year: No

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