Events in year of 1961

  • 01-01Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium
  • 01-01Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
  • 01-01Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
  • 01-01Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
  • 01-021st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16
  • 01-03Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education and Labor
  • 01-071st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl) - Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
  • 01-07Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps
  • 01-08Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
  • 01-09Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn / St. Paul territory
  • 01-11Racial riot at University of Georgia
  • 01-12UN genocide pact goes into effect
  • 01-14Chicago Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • 01-15NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
  • 01-15Supremes signed with Motown Records
  • 01-16"Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 01-16Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
  • 01-191st episode for "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
  • 01-20Arthur M Ramsay becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 01-20Yugoslav ex-Vice President Milovan Djilas flees
  • 01-21"Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 01-21KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 01-21Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
  • 01-23Supreme Court rules cities and states have right to censor films
  • 01-23Venezuela adopts constitution
  • 01-24Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68
  • 01-251st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)
  • 01-25Louise Suggs wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 01-25Military coup in El Salvador
  • 01-26"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley peaks to #1

People born in year of 1961

  • 01-01Irv Eatman: NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • 01-01Marcia Cross: Actress (Melrose Place)
  • 01-03Erwin Blom: Dutch singer / guitarist (Eton Crop)
  • 01-04Lee Curreri: NYC, New York -- Actor (Bruno Martelli-Fame)
  • 01-05Curt Bader: Bloomfield, Iowa -- Sprint kayak (1996 Olympics)
  • 01-06Dirk de Vries: Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • 01-10Evan Handler: NYC, New York -- Actor (Dear Mr Wonderful)
  • 01-10Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg: Rome, Italy -- Concert violinist
  • 01-11Paul Skansi: NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 01-12Andrea Carnevale: Soccer player (Napoli)
  • 01-13Kelly Hrudey: Edmonton, Alberta -- NHL goalie (LA Kings)
  • 01-14Robert Edwin Hall: Mountaineer / businessman
  • 01-15Iris DeMent: Paragould, Arkansas -- Country singer (Our Town)
  • 01-18Mark D Messier: Edmonton, Alberta -- NHL Center (Edmonton, New York Rangers)
  • 01-21Sherry Ramsay: Stauton, Virginia -- Actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns)
  • 01-22Barb Thomas Whitehead: Sibley, Iowa -- LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian Open)
  • 01-23Trey Junkin: Tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 01-24Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov: Bulgaria -- Cosmonaut
  • 01-25Michele Tobin: Chicago, Illinois -- Actress (Fitzpatricks)
  • 01-27Charlotte Kemp: Omaha, Nebraska -- Playmate (Dec, 1982)
  • 01-27Gillian Gilbert: Manchester, England -- Rocker (New Order-Round & Round)
  • 01-27Jean-Paul Banos: Lavelanet, France -- Canada sabre (Olympics 9 / 10-88, 92, 96)
  • 01-27Karen Velez: Rockville Centre, New York -- Playmate (December, 1984)
  • 01-27Margo Timmins: Singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • 01-27Martin Degville: Rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • 01-27Rudi Mauger: Rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • 01-28Luann L Lee: Santa Monica, California -- Playmate (Jan, 1987)
  • 01-29Mike Aldrete: US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees)
  • 02-01Daniel M Tani: Ridley Park, Maryland -- Astronaut
  • 02-01Gina Hull: Jacksonville, Florida -- LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th)

People died in year of 1961

  • 01-04Barry Fitzgerald: Actor (Going My Way), dies at 72
  • 01-06Regina Ullmann: Writer, dies at 76
  • 01-07Clarice Baright: 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
  • 01-10Dashiell Hammett: US detective writer (Thin Man), dies at 66
  • 01-14Ernest Thesiger: Actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81
  • 01-14Henry Geehl: Composer, dies at 79
  • 01-15Francesco Maria Saraceni: Composer, dies at 49
  • 01-16Janos Viski: Composer, dies at 54
  • 01-17Patrice Lumumba: African revolutionary, murdered at 36
  • 01-21John Joseph Becker: Composer, dies a day before 75th birthday
  • 01-24Willem J M van Eysinga: People rights scholar, dies at 82
  • 02-02Adolf Vogl: Composer, dies at 87
  • 02-02Anna May Wong: Actress (Thief of Baghdad), dies at about 56
  • 02-03Viscount Dunrossil: Governor-General of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • 02-05Anthony G de Rothschild: British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 02-06Archibald T Davison: Composer, dies at 77
  • 02-08William Duncan: Actor (Hopalong Rides Again), dies at 81
  • 02-09Grigory Levenfish: International Chess Grandmaster from Russia, dies at 70
  • 02-11Eduard R Verkade: Dutch actor / director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • 02-14Wallis Clark: Actress (Easy Money), dies at 78
  • 02-15Jack Whiting: Actor (Top Speed, Life of the Party), dies at 59
  • 02-15Marubel Vinaon Owen: Figure skater (1932 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 02-17Nita Naldi: Actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • 02-20Otto E Huiswoud [Frank Billings]: Editor (Negro Worker), dies at 67
  • 02-20Percy Aldridge Grainger: Australian / US Composer / pianist, dies at 78
  • 02-22George de las Cuevas Bustillo y Teheran: Chilean Marquis, dies at 75
  • 02-26Karl Albiker: German Sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
  • 02-26Mohammed V: Ibn Yusuf, Sultan / King of Morocco, dies at 51
  • 02-27Platt Adams: High jumper (1912 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 02-28Joris Vriamont: Flemish writer / music publisher, dies at 64

Events in year of 1962

  • 01-01Rwanda granted internal self-government by Belgium
  • 01-01Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
  • 01-02Nighttime version of "Password" with Allen Ludden premieres on CBS
  • 01-03Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome
  • 01-03Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro
  • 01-041st automated (unmanned) subway train (NYC)
  • 01-05Tony Sheridan and beatles produce "My Bonnie" and"The Saints"
  • 01-07AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 47-27
  • 01-07Assassination attempt on Indonesian President Sukarno, fails
  • 01-07Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to John Hall Wheelock
  • 01-08Dutch express train crashes into slow commuter train, 93 die (Neth)
  • 01-08Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th
  • 01-09Mister M (Dr X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ
  • 01-09NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
  • 01-10Eruptions on Mount Huascaran in Peru destroy 7 villages and kill 3,500
  • 01-11Volcano Huascaran in Peru, erupts; 4,000 die
  • 01-13"Do Re Mi" closes at St. James Theater NYC after 400 performances
  • 01-13Wilt Chamberlain of Warriors scores then NBA-record 73 pts vs. Chicago
  • 01-14NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-30
  • 01-1550th Australian Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats R Emerson (86 06 64 64)
  • 01-15Dutch and Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • 01-16Shooting begins on "Dr No"
  • 01-16Suit accuses NYC Board of Education uses "racial quotas"
  • 01-17A NASA civilian pilot Neil A Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690 m
  • 01-18Southern University closed due to demonstrations
  • 01-18US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerrillas
  • 01-20"Kean" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 92 performances
  • 01-21JFK arrives in Uruguay
  • 01-21Snow falls in San Francisco
  • 01-23Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

People born in year of 1962

  • 01-01Ravshanbek Aliyev: Kirgiz -- Cosmonaut
  • 01-03Darren Daulton: US baseball catcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 01-03Gavin Hastings: WLAF kicker (Scottish Claymores)
  • 01-03Ulrike Lang: Writer
  • 01-04Joe Kleine: NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • 01-04Martin McAloon: Rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • 01-04Patrick Cassidy: Los Angeles, California -- Actor / composer (Fever Pitch, Off the Wall)
  • 01-05Danny Jackson: US baseball pitcher (Royals / Phillies / Cardinals)
  • 01-05Donald John Cowie: Auckland, New Zealand -- Yachting Star class (1996 Olympics)
  • 01-05Joel Wyner: Actor / director (Lyle Springer-Sirens, Listen, Club)
  • 01-06Philip Brown: Birmingham, England -- 4x400m runner (1984 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 01-06Sean Landeta: NFL place kicker (New York Giants)
  • 01-07Hallie Todd: Actress (Check is in the Mail)
  • 01-07Jeff Montgomery: Wellston, Ohio -- Pitcher (KC Royals)
  • 01-10Jim Lindeman: US baseball outfielder (NY Mets)
  • 01-11Donn Pall: Evergreen Park, Illinois -- Pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins)
  • 01-11Kim Coles: Brooklyn, New York -- Actress (Synclaire-Living Single)
  • 01-13Brett Maxie: NFL safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • 01-13Kevin Mitchell: US baseball outfielder (NY Met, SF Giants, Cin Reds)
  • 01-14Patrica Morrison: Rocker (Sisters of Mercy-Walk Away, Black Planet)
  • 01-16Jan Koster: Dutch drummer (Sleeze Beez-Powertool)
  • 01-16Kevin Ross: NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs)
  • 01-16Paul Webb: Rocker (TalkTalk)
  • 01-18Alison Arngrim: Actress (Nellie-Little House of the Prairie)
  • 01-19Chris Sabo: Detroit, Michigan -- Pitcher (Cin Reds, Baltimore Orioles)
  • 01-22Robert Mailhouse: New Haven, Connecticut -- Actor (Brian-Days of our Life)
  • 01-25Chris Chelios: Chicago, Illinois -- NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team USA)
  • 01-26Tom Keifer: Rock guitarist / vocalist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • 01-27James F Doehring: Santa Barbara, California -- Shot putter (1992 Olympics - Silver Medalist)
  • 01-27Michael Collins: Clarinettist

People died in year of 1962

  • 01-06Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga: Dutch Painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • 01-09LeRoy B Shield: US pianist / Composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • 01-12Richard de Guide: Composer, dies at 52
  • 01-13Ernie Kovacs: Comedian, dies in a car crash in West LA, at 42
  • 01-15Kenneth MacKenna: Actor (Men Without Women), dies of cancer at 62
  • 01-16Emanuel Stickelberger: Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • 01-17Gerrit Achterberg: Dutch Poet (Dead End), dies at 56
  • 01-18Raymond Moulaert: Composer, dies at 86
  • 01-19Snub Pollard: Actor (Limelight, Arizona Days), dies of cancer at 72
  • 01-20Robinson Jeffers: Poet / playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
  • 01-26Charles "Lucky" Luciano: NYC Mafia gangster, dies at 65
  • 01-26Fran Lhotka: Composer, dies at 78
  • 01-29Fritz Kreisler: Austria / US violinist / composer, dies at 86
  • 02-03Werner Bock: Writer
  • 02-05Jacques Ibert: French Composer (Escales), dies at 71
  • 02-10Willem Paerels: Neth / Belgian Painter / graphic artist, dies at 83
  • 02-15Vladimir Sokoloff: Actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • 02-17Bruno Walter: Symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), dies at 85
  • 02-17Joseph Kearns: Actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • 02-19Albert Israel Elkus: Composer, dies at 77
  • 02-20Halliwell Hobbes: Dies at 64
  • 02-25Wilhelm Pessler: German sociologist, dies at 81
  • 02-26Carl Emil Theodor Ehrenberg: Composer, dies at 83
  • 02-27Willie Best: Actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • 02-28Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson: Comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • 03-01Roscoe Ates: Actor (Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass), dies at 70
  • 03-04Cairine R Wilson: 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • 03-05Anne C Veth: Dutch cartoonist / art critic, dies at 82
  • 03-05Otakar Jeremias: Composer, dies at 69
  • 03-06Rezso Kokai: Composer, dies at 56