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 S Foster, chairman (US Communist Party, 1945-57), dies at 80
1961 Highlights

About September 1, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 2 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Virgo