What Happened on October 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 12th Formula One WDC: Phil Hill wins by one point
  • American Phil Hill's Ferrari team does not participate in season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; already clinched World Championship of Drivers title; English driver Innes Ireland wins Lotus' first ever Grand Prix
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist, born in San Jose, California