On This Day

What Happened on September 18, 1961

Historical Events

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestJames Gandolfini

James Gandolfini, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Westwood, New Jersey (d. 2013)

  • 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


Person of interestDag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in an air crash over Congo at 56

Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dag Hammarskjöld

1961 Highlights

About September 18, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 10 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Virgo