On This Day

What Happened on October 2, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Robbie Nevil, rocker (A Place Like This)

Famous Deaths

  • Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), dies at 80