What Happened in September 1961

Historical Events

  • Sep 1 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • Sep 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 1 The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
  • Sep 4 Carol Burnett-Richard Hayes Show premieres on CBS radio
  • Sep 4 US authorizes Agency for International Development

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 JFK begins underground nuclear testing

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Sep 5 US President JFK signs law against hijacking (death penalty)
  • Sep 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 6 USSR performs nuclear test at Kapustin Yar USSR
  • Sep 9 Maria Beale Fletcher (NC), 19, crowned 34th Miss America 1962

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 10 Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US National Championship Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver 7-5, 6-3, 6-2; Emerson's 2nd Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 75th U.S. Women's National Championship: Darlene Hard beats Ann Jones (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Sep 10 American Ferrari driver Phil Hill wins Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch F1 World Drivers Championship; first American F1 world champion

  • Sep 11 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • Sep 11 Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
  • Sep 12 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • Sep 12 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 Battles between UN & Katanga troops in Congo
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 13 Unmanned Mercury-Atlas 4 launched into Earth orbit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 Dmitri Shostakovich becomes member of CP of USSR

  • Sep 14 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 15 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus aged 21
  • Sep 16 CDU loses West German election
  • Sep 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 16 WLKY TV channel 32 in Louisville, Kentucky (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 "Car 54, Where are You?" premieres on US TV
  • Sep 17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Sep 17 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Sep 18 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 19 Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.
  • Sep 20 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls
  • Sep 20 James Meredith refused enrollment to the segregated University of Mississippi
  • Sep 20 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 20 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

  • Sep 21 Antonio Abertondo swims English Channel both ways (44 miles)
  • Sep 21 Maiden flight of the CH-47 Chinook transportation helicopter.
  • Sep 22 Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) completes 1st "double" crossing swim of English Channel in 43 hrs 10 min at 42.
  • Sep 22 Jim Gentile's ties record of 5 grand slams in a year
  • Sep 23 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 25 KTPS TV channel 62 in Tacoma, WA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 "From the Second City" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 87 performances
  • Sep 26 Roger Maris hits HR #60 off Jack Fisher, tying Babe Ruth's record
  • Sep 27 Sandy Koufax sets NL strikeout season record at 269
  • Sep 27 Sierre Leone becomes 100th member of UN
  • Sep 28 "Doctor Kildare" debuts on NBC-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 28 "Hazel" starring Shirley Booth debuts on NBC-TV

Actress Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
  • Sep 28 "Purlie Victorious", a farce by Ossie Davis, opens on Broadway
  • Sep 28 Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic
  • Sep 28 USN Comdr Forrest S Petersen takes X-15 to 30,720 m
  • Sep 28 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • Sep 29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

Music releaseMusic Recording

Sep 29 Bob Dylan's 1st recording session-backup harmonica for Caroline Hester

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
  • Sep 29 Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria
  • Sep 30 Bill for Boston Tea Party is paid by Mayor Snyder of Oregon who wrote a check for $196, the total cost of all tea lost

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, WWF wrestler (Wrestlemania XI), born in Secaucus, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • Sep 2 Anthony Wong [Chau-sang], Hong Kong actor (The Untold Story), born in Hong Kong
  • Sep 2 Jeff Russell, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Cincinnatti, Ohio
  • Sep 2 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer, born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Sep 3 Rene Gonzales, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 4 Kevin Kennedy, English actor
  • Sep 4 Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Pakistani cricketer
  • Sep 5 Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian pianist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • Sep 6 Pal Waaktaar, Norwegian rock guitarist and vocalist (A-ha), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Sep 6 Scott Travis, American musician (Judas Priest), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Sep 6 Simon Reeve, Australian TV presenter and host (Million Dollar Minute), born in Perth, Australia
  • Sep 7 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2008)
  • Sep 7 Jean-Yves Thibaudet, French pianist, born in Lyon, France
  • Sep 8 Franny Michel, American actress (Patricia-Apple's Way), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 8 Paul Zanetti, Australian political cartoonist
  • Sep 9 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Sep 11 Virginia Madsen, American actress (Dune, Hot Spot, Class), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Elizabeth Daily, American actress and singer (Buttercup-The Powerpuff Girls), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 11 Philip Ardagh, English childrens' books author (Eddie Dickens series), born in Kent, England
  • Sep 12 Mylène Farmer, Canadian-French singer (Cendres de Lune), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Sep 12 Kathem Al Saher, Iraqi singer, born in Mosul, Iraq
  • Sep 13 Dave Mustaine, American musician (ex-Metallica, Megadeth), born in La Mesa, California
  • Sep 13 KK Null [Kazuyuki Kishino], Japanese musician, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sep 13 Peter Roskam, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Sep 14 Antonia De Sancha, English actress and lover of British MP David Mellor, born in London, England

Person of interestDan Marino

Sep 15 Dan Marino, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 9-time Pro Bowl), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • Sep 16 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer
  • Sep 16 Mark Parent, Ashland OR, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Sep 16 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
  • Sep 17 Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Sep 17 Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X), born in Pearl, Mississippi

Person of interestJames Gandolfini

Sep 18 James Gandolfini, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Westwood, New Jersey (d. 2013)

  • Sep 20 Erwin Koeman, soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • Sep 20 Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and television personality
  • Sep 21 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
  • Sep 21 Nancy Travis, American actress (Kim-Almost Perfect, Chaplin, 8 Men Out), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Catherine Oxenberg, American princess/actress (Dynasty, Overexposed), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Sep 22 Vince Coleman, American MLB outfielder (6 x NL stolen base leader), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 22 Dr. Liam Fox, British Conservative politician
  • Sep 22 Bonnie Hunt, American actress
  • Sep 23 Elizabeth Peña, American actress (La Bamba, Jacob's Ladder), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, (d. 2014)
  • Sep 23 Phyllis Hines, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 23 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 23 Chi McBride, American actor
  • Sep 24 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • Sep 24 John Logan, American screenwriter
  • Sep 25 Heather Locklear, actress (T J Hooker, Dynasty), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 25 Tim Zoehrer, cricketer (Aussie keeper, & occasional WA leggie)
  • Sep 26 Will Self, English author
  • Sep 27 Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer
  • Sep 27 Andy Lau, Hong Kong actor and singer (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • Sep 28 Anne White, tennis (Wore spandex in '85 Wimbledon), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Sep 28 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Sep 28 Michael-James Wixted, actor (Smith Family), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 28 Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100m hurdler (world record)
  • Sep 28 Quentin Kawananakoa, pretender to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii
  • Sep 29 Julia Gillard, Australian politician, 1st female Prime Minister (2010-2013), born in Barry, Wales
  • Sep 30 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)
  • Sep 30 Crystal Bernard, actress (Amy-It's a Living, Helen-Wings), born in Garland, Texas
  • Sep 30 Eric Stoltz, actor (Anaconda, Pulp Fiction, Mask)
  • Sep 30 Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • Sep 30 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Sep 30 Jorge Ricardo, Brazilian jockey, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • Sep 1 William S Foster, chairman (US Communist Party, 1945-57), dies at 80
  • Sep 2 Greet Koeman, Dutch singer, dies at 54
  • Sep 3 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • Sep 5 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • Sep 7 Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1940-45), dies at 76
  • Sep 10 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), dies at 80
  • Sep 10 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, dies at 33
  • Sep 12 Carl Hermann, German physicist (b. 1898)
  • Sep 16 A P F Chapman, cricketer (26 Tests for England), dies
  • Sep 16 Yme C Schuitmaker, potato farmer/dramatist, dies
  • Sep 17 Adnan Menderes, Prime Minister of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
  • Sep 18 Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in an air crash over Congo at 56
  • Sep 19 Helen Kimble, fictional wife of Dr Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
  • Sep 19 Pieter Tesch, mine engineer/geology (Pedestal of Netherlands), dies
  • Sep 21 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), dies at 68
  • Sep 21 Maurice Delage, French composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 22 Marion Davies, actress (Not So Dumb, 5 & 10), dies of cancer at 64
  • Sep 23 Billy House, American actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), dies at 71
  • Sep 23 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • Sep 24 Sumner Welles, American diplomat (Good Neighbor Policy), dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Frank Fay, American vaudeville comedian and actor (God's Gift to Women), dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch), dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Juanita Hansen, actress (Fast Company), dies of heart ailment at 67
  • Sep 26 Charles Erwin Wilson, American engineer (President and CEO of General Motors) and politician (United States Secretary of Defense 1953-57), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • Sep 28 Michael Shepley, British actor (Squibs, Dick & the Duchess), dies at 54
  • Sep 29 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Onésime Gagnon, French Canadian politician, lieutenant-governor of Québec (b. 1888)