What Happened on September 22, 1961

Historical Events

  • Antonio Albertondo (Argentina) completes 1st "double" crossing swim of English Channel in 43 hrs 10 min at 42.
  • MLB Baltimore Orioles Jim Gentile ties record of 5 grand slams in a single season
  • Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki's "Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima" premieres at Warsaw Autumn Festival,Andrzej Markowski conducting Krakow Philharmonic
1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Bonnie Hunt, American comedian, actress (Cheaper By The Dozen), director, SCreenwriter, and television host, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Catherine Oxenberg, American actress (Dynasty; Overexposed), born in NYC, New York
  • Dot Richardson, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Kofi Burbridge, American blues-rock keyboardist and flute player (Derek Trucks Band, 1999-2019; Tedeschi Trucks Band, 2010-2019), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2019)
  • Vince Coleman, American MLB outfielder, 1985-97, NL Rookie of the Year, 6X NL stolen base leader, 2X All-Star (St. Louis Cardinals; New York Mets, and 4 other teams), born in Jacksonville, Florida
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Marion Davies [Douras], American silent and sound film actress, producer (Little Old New York; Not So Dumb; Five and Ten), and mistress of William Randolph Hearst, dies of cancer at 64

About September 22, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 8 months and 18 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