On This Day

What Happened on September 1, 1961

Historical Events

  • 1st conference of neutral countries held in Belgrade
  • The Eritrean War of Independence officially begins with the shooting of the Ethiopian police by Hamid Idris Awate
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, WWF wrestler (Wrestlemania XI), born in Secaucus, New Jersey (d. 2007)

Famous Deaths

  • Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • William Z. Foster, American labor organizer and US Communist Party president (1945-57), dies at 80
1961 Highlights

About September 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 60 years and 3 months
Leap Year: No

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