What Happened on October 2, 1961

Historical Events

  • American medical drama series "Ben Casey", starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, premieres on ABC-TV
  • USSR performs 250 kilo-ton nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR
  • WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, Vitginia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Robbie Nevil, American pop singer-songwriter and producer ("A Place Like This"; "C'est La Vie"), born in Los Angeles, California
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

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

About October 2, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 5 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles and his Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Kon-Tiki - The Shadows