What Happened on October 9, 1961

Historical Events

Sports History

Baseball World Series: New York Yankees win 19th championship, 4-1; rout Cincinnati Reds, 13-5 at Crosley Field in Game 5; MVP: Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford

  • Tanganyika, in east Africa, becomes independent within British Commonwealth
  • US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to police
  • Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha (South Atlantic)

Famous Birthdays

  • Arlene Boxall, Zimbabwean field hockey player (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jean Sagal, American actress (Kate-Double Trouble; Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Liz Sagal, American actress (Allison-Double Trouble; Grease 2), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Trevor Matich, American NFL center, 1985-96 (New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and 3 other teams), born in Washington, D.C.
1961 Highlights

About October 9, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years and 4 months
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: Michael - Highwaymen