Today in History for August 1961

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 48 of 48

1st - Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
1st - German DR limits traffic to West Berlin
1st - New SF Hall of Justice opens
1st - Whitney Young Jr named executive director of National Urban League
2nd - Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
2nd - Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
2nd - St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
4th - 108°F, Spokane, WA
4th - 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
5th - 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
5th - Chic Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
6th - Gherman S Titov, 2nd Russian in space aboard Vostok 2 (17 orbits)
6th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
6th - 1st case of motion sickness in space reported
7th - Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
7th - Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US
First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita KhrushchevFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev 8th - Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
8th - Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ
9th - James B Parsons is 1st black appointed to Federal District Court
10th - UK applies for membership of the European Common Market
11th - Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
13th - Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany
13th - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
14th - Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
15th - Keiyo Road is specified as the first driveway in Japan.
16th - 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against East Berlin
16th - Martin L King protests for black voting right in Miami
17th - Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress
19th - US vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson visits West Berlin
20th - Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
20th - East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13
Kenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo KenyattaKenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta 21st - Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities
22nd - Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
23rd - Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
23rd - East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin
23rd - US lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back
24th - Windward Islands' Airways International (Winair) forms
24th - Former South African nazi leader Johannes Vorster becomes South Africa's minister of justice
25th - Brazilian president Janio Quadros, resigns
26th - Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
27th - Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on "What's My Line"
27th - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open
LPGA Golfer Mickey WrightLPGA Golfer Mickey Wright 30th - 1st Negro judge of a US District Court confirmed-JB Parsons
30th - J B Parsons is 1st African American judge of a US District Court
30th - Last Spanish troops leave Morocco
30th - Oriole Jack Fisher walks 12 LA Angels in a 9 inning game
30th - USSR says it will resume nuclear testing
31st - Amsterdam National Ballet forms

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 83 of 83

1st - Andrew Nicholson, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
1st - Bart Conner, US, parallel bars gymnist (Olympic-gold-1984)
1st - Bradford John Faxon Jr, Oceanport NJ, PGA golfer (1986 Provident)
1st - Danny Blind, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/Ajax)
1st - Mark "Red" Mitchell, actor (JFK, 8 Sceonds, I Want to Live)
1st - Mike Watkinson, cricketer (England off-spinner all-rounder v WI 1995)
2nd - Ed West, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons)
2nd - Pete de Freitas, Trinidad, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman)
2nd - Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
3rd - Ken Wark, Australian field hockey fullback (Oly-4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
3rd - Lee Rocker, [Leon Drucker], rock bassist (Stray Cats-Gonna Ball)
3rd - Molly Hagan, American actress
44th US President Barack Obama44th US President Barack Obama (4th) 4th - Barack Obama, Honolulu Hawaii,44th United States President (Democrat) and first African--American president
4th - Lauren Tom, American actress
5th - Athula Samarasekera, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
5th - Tawny Kitaen, SD California, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard)
5th - Mark O'Connor, American violinist
6th - Bruce Matthews, center/guard (Tennessee Oilers)
6th - Carol Norman, Ardmore Oklahoma, bowler (LPBT Rookie of Year 1982)
6th - Earl Winfield, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
6th - Mary Lou, Daniels Chicago lL, tennis star
7th - Walter Swimburn, Irish jockey (Derby 1981)
7th - Yelena Davydova, USSR, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1980)
8th - Bruce Matthews, NFL guard/center (Houston Oilers)
8th - Charmaine Crooks, Jamaica, Canadian 4X400m relayer (Oly-silver-1984)
8th - Paul Jackson, rocker
8th - The Edge, [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England
8th - Daniel House, American music executive
8th - Rikki Rockett, American drummer (Poison)
9th - Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California
9th - John Key, New Zealand politician
9th - Amy Stiller, American actress
10th - Beatrice Alda, daughter of Alan Alda, actress (Lisa-Four Seasons)
10th - Jon Farriss, Australian rock vocalist/drummer (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
11th - Craig Ehlo, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
11th - Frederick W Sturckow, La Mesa California, USMC capt/astronaut (sk: STS 88)
12th - Roy Hay, guitarist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
12th - Lawrence Hayward, English musician (Felt, Denim, Go Kart Mozart)
12th - Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer
13th - Bettine Vriesekoop, Dutch table tennis star
13th - Dawnn Lewis, actress (Jaleesa-Different World)
13th - Neil Mallender, cricketer (England pace bowler in two Tests 1992)
13th - Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster
13th - Tom Perrotta, American novelist
13th - Sunil Shetty, Indian Actor, Producer
14th - Susan Olson, actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
14th - "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler (d. 1995)
15th - Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
15th - Matt Johnson, rocker (The The-Infected Soul Mining)
15th - Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
15th - Gary Kubiak, American football coach
16th - Christian Okoye, American football player
17th - Jamie Macoun, Newmarket, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
18th - John Viscardi, actor (Father Tony-One Life to Live), born in NYC, New York
18th - Bob Woodruff, American journalist, anchor
19th - Danuta Bartoszek, Pyrzyce Poland, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96)
20th - Linda Mantz, actress (Frankie-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
20th - Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
20th - Greg Egan, Australian author
20th - Joe Pasquale, English comedian
21st - Danny Sheaffer, Jacksonville FL, catcher (St Louis Cardinals)
21st - Lance Earl Deal, Riverton Wyoming, hammer thrower (Olympics-silver-96)
21st - Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
21st - V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
22nd - Debbi Peterson, rock drummer (Bangles-Eternal Flame), born in Los Angeles, California
22nd - Jay Ashton, rocker (Gene Loves Jezebel)
22nd - John Kidd, NFL punter (Miami Dolphins)
22nd - Roland Orzabal, rock vocalist (Tears for Fears-Shout, Head over Heels)
23rd - Julio Franco, Sp de Macrois Dom Rep, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
23rd - Dean DeLeo, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots)
24th - Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
24th - Mark "Bedders" Bedfored, rock bassist (Madness), born in London, England
24th - Ingrid Berghmans, Belgian judoka
24th - Jared Harris, English actor
25th - Billy Ray Cyrus, Flatwoods Ky, country singer (Achy Breaky Heart)
25th - Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Manchester England, actress (Kill Me Again)
26th - Jeff Parrett, Indianapolis IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
26th - Jimmy Olander, Palos Verdes Cal, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in Middle)
27th - "Downtown" Julie Brown, TV host (Club MTV, Inside Edition)
27th - Tom Ford, American fashion designer
28th - Kim Appleby, Stoke Newington, English singer (Mel & Kim-Coming to America), born in London, England
29th - Tony MacAlpine, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity)
31st - David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 20 of 20

2nd - Giovanni B Angioletti, Italian writer (I grandi ospiti), dies at 64
5th - Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63
5th - Sidney Holland, PM of New Zealand (1949-57), dies at 67
6th - Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
8th - Charlie Gemora, actor (who portrayed King Kong), dies at 58
8th - Franc N D Buchman, US theology (Moral Rearms), dies at 83
8th - Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (b. 1894)
9th - Walter Bedell Smith, US general/WW II chief of staff, dies at 75
11th - Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
13th - Adeline De Walt Reynolds, actress (Son of Dracula), dies at 78
14th - Clarke Ashton Smith, sci-fi author (Lost Worlds), dies at 68
14th - Guido Alberto Fano, composer, dies at 86
14th - Henri-Edouard-Prosper Breuil, priest/archaeologist, dies
16th - Maulvi Abdul Haq, Father of Modern Urdu (b. 1870)
17th - Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer, dies at 76
18th - Learned Hand, Chief judge of US court of Appeals, dies at 89
18th - Leonhard Frank, writer, dies at 78
20th - Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer, dies at 82
28th - Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
30th - Charles Coburn, actor (Heaven Can Wait, Idiot's Delight), dies at 84

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