On This Day

What Happened on October 31, 1961

Historical Events

  • Federal judge rules that laws in Birmingham, Alabama, against integrated playing fields are illegal
  • Hurricane Hattie kills 400 in British Honduras

Famous Birthdays

  • Alonzo Babers, 400m/4X400m relay (Olympic gold 1984), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Christine Bridged, Australian European class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne Australia
  • Doc Rivers, American NBA guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2000, Orlando Magic; Boston Celtics, LA Clippers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Kate Campbell, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Larry Mullen, Jr, Irish rock drummer (U2 - "I Will Follow"), born in Dublin, Ireland

Person of interestPeter Jackson

Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • Sterling Hinds, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Toronto, Ontario
1961 Highlights

About October 31, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 59 years and 30 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Scorpio