On This Day

June 1961 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 1 FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard

Summit of Interest

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

  • Jun 11 Norm Cash becomes 1st Detroit Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium
  • Jun 12 Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • 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 Discoverer 25 launched
  • Jun 19 Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
  • Jun 19 Kuwait declares independence from UK
  • 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 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 USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m
  • Jun 24 Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
  • 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)
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jun 3 Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
  • Jun 4 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Prime Minister of Hungary (2004-09), born in Pápa, Hungary
  • Jun 12 Jim Goad, American author and publisher (ANSWER Me!), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 12 Yuri Rozanov, Russian sports broadcaster (NTV Plus, Match TV; TEFI Award 2012), born in Zagorsk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • Jun 13 Bob Crow, English trade union leader (National Union RMT), born in Epping, Essex, England (d. 2014)

Joko Widodo

Jun 21 Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014-), born in Surakarta, Indonesia

  • Jun 23 Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • Jun 25 Timur Bekmambetov, Russian Kazakh director (Night Watch), born in Guryev, Soviet Union

Weddings in History

  • Jun 8 English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley

Deaths in History

  • Jun 2 George S. Kaufman, American playwright (This is Show Business), dies at 72

Carl Jung

Jun 6 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

  • Jun 7 Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies
  • Jun 9 Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
  • Jun 16 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 22 Queen Maria of Yugoslavia [Maria of Romania], Queen consort of Yugoslavia (1922-34), dies at 61
  • Jun 23 Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
  • Jun 25 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected women governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), dies at 86
  • Jun 25 John Alexander Douglas McCurdy, Canadian aviator, dies at 74
  • Jun 26 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
  • Jun 27 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, dies of cancer at 52
  • Jun 30 Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87