What Happened on October 18, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)
  • Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack

Famous Birthdays

  • Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • Tsuru Aoki, Japanese-born American actress (b. 1892)