On This Day

Historical Events in June 1961

  • Jun 1 FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
  • Jun 3 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • Jun 3 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

Sports History

Jun 4 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Belle Meade CC: Mary Lena Faulk wins by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Betsy Rawls

Summit of Interest

Jun 4 US President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev meet at the Vienna Summit in Austria

  • Jun 8 Test cricket debut of future Australian captain Bill Lawry, 1st Test v England in Birmingham

Baseball Record

Jun 8 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

  • Jun 9 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • Jun 11 "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Jun 11 Norm Cash becomes 1st Detroit Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium

Baseball Record

Jun 11 Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs

  • Jun 12 Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • Jun 13 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, opens at Royale Theater, NYC; runs for 7 performances
  • Jun 14 106°F, hottest temperature in San Francisco
  • Jun 15 Expansion Washington Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
  • Jun 16 Dave Garroway is fired as host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jun 16 Discoverer 25 launched
  • Jun 16 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris
  • Jun 17 Billy Barnes' musical revue "Billy Barnes People", starting Ken Berry, Dave Ketchum, and Jo Anne Worley, closes at Royale Theater, NYC, after 7 performances
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Gene Littler wins his sole major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Bob Goalby and Doug Sanders
  • Jun 18 CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
  • Jun 18 KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 19 "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by The Coasters peaks at #23
  • Jun 19 Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
  • Jun 19 Kuwait declares independence from UK
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs
  • Jun 19 US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
  • Jun 22 Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
  • Jun 22 Beatles record "Ain't She Sweet", "Cry for a Shadow", "When the Saints Go Marching In", "Why", "Nobody's Child" & "My Bonnie", in Hamburg, Germany

Baseball Record

Jun 22 MLB Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive games played streak

  • Jun 23 The Antarctic Treaty, ensuring that Antarctica is used for peaceful purposes; for international cooperation in scientific research; and does not become the scene or object of international discord, comes into force
  • Jun 23 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
  • Jun 23 Philadelphia Phillies overcome 9 run deficit; trailing 11-2 after 7 innings, score 4 in 8th and 6 in 9th to beat Pirates, 12-11 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jun 23 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m
  • Jun 23 11th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Night" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances

Music Recording

Jun 24 Tony Sheridan, backed by the Beatles, records "If You Love Me Baby" (aka "Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby") in Hamburg, Germany

  • Jun 24 Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
  • Jun 25 Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • Jun 25 Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
  • Jun 27 Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
  • Jun 28 Phils and San Francisco set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 innings tie
  • Jun 29 Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)

Baseball Record

Jun 29 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes the 4th player in MLB history with 3 or more home runs twice in one season with a 10th inning blast in Giants 8-7 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia

  • Jun 29 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) calls for South Africa's withdrawal at the Geneva Conference in protest of the racial policies of the South African government
  • Jun 30 Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
  • Jun 30 NASA Explorer Micrometeoroid research mission fails to reach Earth orbit