On This Day

What Happened on September 10, 1961

Historical Events

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • American Ferrari driver Phil Hill wins Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch F1 World Drivers Championship; first American F1 world champion
  • Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

Famous Deaths

  • Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), dies at 80
  • Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, dies at 33
1961 Highlights

About September 10, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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