On This Day

What Happened on September 20, 1961

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

African-American student James Meredith is refused enrolment to the segregated University of Mississippi

Civil Rights Activist James Meredith
Civil Rights Activist
James Meredith
  • After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Erwin Koeman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen), born in Zaandam, Netherlands
  • Lisa Bloom, American lawyer and television personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1961 Highlights

About September 20, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 60 years and 23 days
Leap Year: No

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