On This Day

What Happened on October 8, 1961

Historical Events

  • American Phil Hill's Ferrari team does not participate in season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen having already clinched World Drivers Championship; English driver Innes Ireland wins Lotus' first ever Grand Prix

Sports History

NY Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford breaks Babe Ruth's record of 29-2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the World Series; he goes on to extend the streak to 33-2/3, which stands until 2000

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya, USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist, born in San Jose, California
1961 Highlights

About October 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 1 month and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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