What Happened on September 18, 1961

Historical Events

Historic Event

Transair Sweden DC-6 passenger aircraft chartered by the United Nations for transit to cease-fire negotiations during the Congo Crisis, crashed near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (present-day Zambia), killing 16, including UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, and 15 others; official inquiries never determined the cause

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Birthdays

James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini (1961-2013)

American actor (The Sopranos), born in Westwood, New Jersey

  • Martin "Frosty" Beedle, British session and touring drummer (Cutting Crew -"(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight"), born in North Ferriby, East Yorkshire, England

Famous Deaths

Dag HammarskjöldDag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961)

Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in a plane crash in Africa at 56

1961 Highlights

About September 18, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 4 months and 12 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: Reach For The Stars/Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Shirley Bassey