Today in History for June 1961

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 49 of 49

1st - FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard
3rd - "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
3rd - 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2
3rd - JFK & Khrushchev meet in Vienna
4th - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
8th - Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57
8th - Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)
9th - Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
11th - "Winston Churchill" last airs on ABC-TV
11th - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
11th - Norm Cash becomes 1st Det Tiger to hit a ball out of Tiger Stadium
11th - Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs
12th - An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
12th - Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
13th - "Billy Barnes People" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 8 performances
14th - 106°F, hottest temperature in SF
15th - Expansion Wash Senators are 30-30, latest date an expansion team will be at .500, Washington will lose their next 10 games
16th - Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
16th - Discoverer 25 launched
American Baseball Player Roger MarisAmerican Baseball Player Roger Maris 16th - Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West in Paris
17th - "Billy Barnes People" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 8 perfs
17th - 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
17th - Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev defects to west in Frankfurt
18th - CBS radio cancels Gunsmoke
18th - KBMT TV channel 12 in Beaumont, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
18th - Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
19th - "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23
19th - Charlie Finley, changes A's manager Joe Gordon (26-33) for Hank Bauer
19th - Kuwait declares independence from UK
19th - NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs
19th - US Supreme Court struck down a provision in Maryland's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God
22nd - Moise Tsjombe freed from prison in Congo
22nd - Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg
23rd - 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
MLB shortstop Ernie BanksMLB shortstop Ernie Banks 23rd - Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
23rd - Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th & 6 in 9th
23rd - USAF Major Robert M White takes X-15 to an altitude of 32,830 m
24th - "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 perfs
24th - Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"
24th - Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
25th - Balt & California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
25th - Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
27th - Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa
28th - Phils & SF set then record longest night game (5h11m) 7-7 15 inn tie
29th - Launch of Transit 4a, with 1st nuclear power supply (SNAP-3)
29th - Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more HRs twice in a season
29th - 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
30th - Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ
30th - Explorer (12) fails to reach Earth orbit

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 66 of 66

1st - Johnny Ray Huston, Mt Vernon IL, PGA golfer (1990 Honda Classic)
1st - Mark Rodenhauser, NFL center (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
1st - Paul Coffey, Weston Ontario, NHL forward (Oilers, Penguins, Red Wings)
2nd - John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
2nd - Kerry Junna-Saxby, Australian 10k walker (Olympics-15th-1992, 96)
2nd - Dez Cadena, American musician (Black Flag)
3rd - Kevin Arnott, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 101* v NZ 1992)
3rd - Peter Glen Vidmar, Los Angeles California, gymnist (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984)
3rd - Lawrence Lessig, American lawyer and author
4th - Cathy Marino, LPGA golfer
4th - El Debarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rocker (Debarge-All this Love)
4th - Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungary prime minister
5th - Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star
5th - Teri Nunn, California, rock vocalist (Berlin-You Take my Breathe Away)
5th - Mary Kay Bergman, American voice actress (d. 1999)
6th - Bill Bates, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
6th - Sydney Walsh, actress (Mo-Hooperman)
6th - Tom Araya, Chilean musician (Slayer)
6th - Nir Brand, Israeli composer
6th - Aldo Costa, Italian engineer
7th - Dave Catching, American musician
8th - Kevin Gross, Downey CA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
8th - Ursula Buchfellner, Munich Ger, playmate (Oct, 1979)/actr (Bloodline)
Actor Michael J. FoxActor Michael J. Fox (9th) 9th - Michael J. Fox, Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian actor (Family Ties, Back to the Future, Teen Wolf)
9th - Aaron Sorkin, American writer
10th - Maxi Priest, [Max Elliott], Jamaican/English singer (Wild World)
10th - Kim Deal, American musician (Pixies), (The Breeders)
10th - Kelley Deal, American musician (The Breeders)
11th - Caroline Quentin, English actress
11th - María Barranco, Spanish actress
12th - Rod Latham, cricketer (NZ opening batsman)
12th - Jim Goad, American author
14th - "Boy George" O'Dowd, androgynous vocalist & druggie (Culture Club)
14th - Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic-silver-1988)
14th - Sam Perkins, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
15th - Kai Eckhardt, German musician (Garaj Mahal)
15th - Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
15th - Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
16th - Robbie Kerr, cricketer (Queensland opener 2 Tests for Australia 1985)
18th - Andres Galarraga, Caracas Venezuela, infielder (Colorado Rockies)
18th - [Genevieve] Alison Moyet, Essex England, rock vocalist (Yaz, Alf)
20th - Gary Varsho, baseball player
20th - Karin Enke, Dresden German DR, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980, 84)
21st - Kip Winger, rocker (Winger-17)
21st - Manu Chao, Spanish musician
21st - Sascha Konietzko, German musician
21st - Karen Barber, ice skater
22nd - Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)
22nd - Jimmy Somerville, Glasgow Soctland, rocker (Bronski Beat, Communards)
22nd - Stephen Batchelor
23rd - LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Phila 76ers)
23rd - Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
23rd - Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
24th - Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
24th - Curt Smith, Bath England, rock bassist/vocalist (Tears For Fears)
24th - Jim Laver Carter, Spring Lake NC, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch)
24th - Natalya Shaposhnikova, USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic-gold-1980)
Comedian Ricky GervaisComedian Ricky Gervais (25th) 25th - Ricky Gervais, Reading England, actor and comedian (The Office)
26th - Greg LeMond, US bicyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990)
27th - Meera Syal, British-Indian comedienne and actress
28th - Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders)
28th - Jeff Malone, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Miami Heat)
29th - Sharon Lawrence [Sharon Elizabeth], Charlotte, North Carolina, American actress (NYPD Blue, Fired Up)
29th - Kimberlin Brown, American actress
29th - Greg Hetson, American punk-rock guitarist
30th - Karolyn Kirby, US beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

8th - English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 17 of 17

2nd - George S Kaufman, playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72
2nd - Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor/director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
6th - Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1875)
6th - Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist, dies at 85
7th - Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies
9th - Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
13th - Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79
15th - Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
16th - O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies
16th - Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (b. 1904)
17th - Jeff Chandler, [Ira Grossel], actor (Away all boats), dies at 40
22nd - Betty Elder, actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
22nd - Maria of Romania, Queen Consort of Yugoslavia (b. 1900)
23rd - Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (Rubens' Daughter), dies at 70
26th - Kenneth F Fearing, US, poet (Afternoon of a pawnbroker), dies at 58
27th - Paul (II) Guilfoyle, actor (Apache, Final Anaylsis), dies at 58
30th - Lee de Forest, American inventor (Electron Tube), dies at 87

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