On This Day

What Happened on October 18, 1961

Historical Events


Film release premierFilm Release

"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)

Singer, Dancer and Actress Rita Moreno
Singer, Dancer and Actress
Rita Moreno
  • 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, 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 actress (b. 1892)
1961 Highlights

About October 18, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Libra