What Happened on September 10, 1961

Historical Events

US Open Women's Tennis

75th US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Darlene Hard beats England's Ann Jones 6-3, 6-4

  • American Ferrari driver Phil Hill wins Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch F1 World Drivers Championship; first American F1 world champion
  • Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza: a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 15 spectators hit by his Ferrari

Sports History

Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

US Men's Tennis Open

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

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1961 History

Famous Weddings

Ted Williams

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

Chinua Achebe

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

Famous Deaths

  • Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), dies at 80
  • Wolfgang von Trips, German auto racer (29 x F1 GP, 2 wins), dies in 1961 Italian Grand Prix (with 15 spectators) at 33

About September 10, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 8 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
  • UK #1 Song: Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton