What Happened on October 4, 1961

Historical Events

Sports History

NY Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford records 3rd straight Baseball World Series shutout in Yankees 2-0 win v Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 at Yankee Stadium; NY wins series, 4-1

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • (Juan) "Jon" Secada, Cuban-American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter ("Just Another Day"), born in Havana, Cuba
  • David W Harper, American actor (The Waltons - "Jim Bob"), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese author
  • Mary Ellen Stuart, American actress (Frannie Crawford-As the World Turns), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 1996)
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Bishop of the Russian Church and Orthodox missionary, dies at 81
  • Max Weber, Polish-Russian-American painter, dies at 80

About October 4, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 8 months and 4 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