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
1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, WWF wrestler (Wrestlemania XI), born in Secaucus, New Jersey (d. 2007)
Born in 1961

Famous Divorces

Rita Hayworth

American "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (42) divorces American film producer James Hill (45) after 3-1/2 years of marriage

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

About September 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 9 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Michael - The Highwaymen
  • UK #1 Song: Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton