On This Day

Historical Events in 1961 (Part 4)

Events 601 - 663 of 663

  • Dec 2 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: A 6th title for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-14
  • Dec 3 Dutchman Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion
  • Dec 3 George Blanda of Houston Oilers kicks 55-yard field goal
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 4 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Historic Event

Dec 4 Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days

  • Dec 4 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • Dec 4 Tanganyika becomes 104th member of UN
  • Dec 4 WXGA TV channel 8 in Waycross, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Dec 4 The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain

  • Dec 4 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 6 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) (1st African American to win)
  • Dec 8 Antwerp Belgium diocese forms
  • Dec 8 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)
  • Dec 8 South Africa v NZ, Durban debuts for Eddie Barlow & Peter Pollock

NBA Record

Dec 8 Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 78 points in 151-147 3OT defeat to LA Lakers at Philadelphia Civic Center; 2nd highest game total in the NBA history

  • Dec 9 "From the Second City" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Dec 9 "Let It Ride" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 68 performances
  • Dec 9 Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania - with Ukuru (Freedom) Torch lit on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

Sports History

Dec 10 Houston Oilers utility back Billy Cannon gains AFL record 373 yards combined rushing/receiving in 48-21 win over NY Titans at the Polo Grounds, NYC

  • Dec 10 US performs nuclear test at Carlsbad New Mexico (underground)
  • Dec 10 USSR & Albania break diplomatic relations

Nobel Prize

Dec 10 Robert Hofstadter and Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer win the Nobel Prize in Physics for their pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and discoveries concerning the structure of the nucleon

  • Dec 11 "Please, Mr. Postman" by Marvelettes released

#1 in the Charts

Dec 11 Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

Historic Event

Dec 11 JFK provides US military helicopters & crews to South Vietnam

  • Dec 12 Amateur radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

Football Awards

Dec 12 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Argentine forward Omar Sívori wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez and English forward Johnny Haynes

Agreement of Interest

Dec 13 The Beatles sign a formal agreement to be managed by Brian Epstein

Historic Event

Dec 13 Gideon Hausner in Jerusalem demands death penalty for Adolf Eichmann

Film Premiere

Dec 13 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

  • Dec 14 Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" is 1st country song to get a gold record
  • Dec 15 Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death for war crimes in Israel
  • Dec 15 Equal access rule, political parties get TV broadcasting time
  • Dec 15 JFK visits Puerto Rico
  • Dec 15 L. J. Suenens appointed archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels

Historic Event

Dec 16 Martin Luther King Jr. joins over 500 jailed demonstrators who had been arrested in Albany, Georgia [1]

  • Dec 16 "Evening with Yves Montand" closes at John Golden Theatre, NYC after 55 performances
  • Dec 17 India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • Dec 17 Niteroi Circus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil catches fire; 323 die after disgruntled employee sets fire to the tent
  • Dec 18 For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
  • Dec 18 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao & Diu
  • Dec 18 KAIL TV channel 53 in Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

Dec 19 Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization

  • Dec 21 Beatles record "Sweet Georgia Brown" & "Ready Teddy"

Meeting of Interest

Dec 21 US President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan meet in Bermuda

Historic Event

Dec 21 Gangster Joe Gallo is sentenced to 7 to 14 years in state prison for extortion

  • Dec 22 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 23 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 23 Train accident in Italy, 70 die

Historic Event

Dec 23 Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies

  • Dec 24 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3; Billy Cannon scores game's only TD
  • Dec 27 Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations
  • Dec 27 Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green's musical "Subways Are For Sleeping" premieres at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 205 performances

Historic Event

Dec 28 Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 28 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)

Music Premiere

Dec 30 Premiere of Dmitri Shostakovich's 4th Symphony in Moscow (completed 1936)

  • Dec 31 "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • Dec 31 The Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name
  • Dec 31 Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon

NFL Championship

Dec 31 National Football League Championship, City Stadium, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0; first of 5 NFL titles won in 7-season span by Packers and head coach, Vince Lombardi

  • Dec 31 Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion