Our Senior Year

April, 1961

(Music:  "Runaway" by Del Shannon)

 

 

Number One Songs

 

April 1 - April 2:  "Surrender" - Elvis Presley

April 3 - April 23: "Blue Moon" by The Marcels

April 24 - April 30: "Runaway" by Del Shannon

 

 

 

Historic Events

 

5 - Barbra Streisand appears on the "Jack Paar Show"
8 - "Show Girl" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater in New York City after 100 performances
8 - British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, 236 die
10 - Masters Golf Championship: Gary Player wins
10 - New Washington Senators loses first regular-season game 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox
11 - Bob Dylan makes his first appearance at Folk City, Greenwich Village, New York City
11 - NBA Basketball Championship: Boston Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1
11 - Israel begins Adolf Eichmann World War II crimes trial
12 - Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner
12 - Yuri Gagarin becomes first person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
13 - "Carnival!" opens at the Imperial Theater in New York City for 719 performances
13 - United Nations General Assembly condemns South Africa's apartheid
14 - First live television broadcast from Soviet Union
14 - Cuban-American invasion army departs Nicaragua
14 - U.S. element 103 (Lawrencium) discovered
15 - "Music Man" closes at the Majestic Theater in New York City after 1375 performances
16 - NHL Stanley Cup Championship: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
17 - 1,400 Cuban exiles land in the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro
19 - Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
21 - USAF Major Robert M. White takes X-15 to height of 32,000 miles
24 - President John F. Kennedy accepts "sole responsibility" following the Bay of Pigs
25 - Mercury / Atlas rocket lifted off with an electronic mannequin
25 - Robert Noyce patents the integrated circuit
25 - Unmanned Mercury test explodes on launch pad
27 - NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays
27 - NFL officially recognizes the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
27 - Sierra Leone declares independence from the United Kingdom
28 - Warren Spahn pitches second no hitter at age 41, beats San Francisco Giants, 1-0
29 - ABC's "Wide World of Sports", debuts
30 - Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize

 

 

Famous Birthdays

 

3 - Eddie Murphy, Brooklyn, NY, actor
3 - Melissa Etheridge, rock guitarist/vocalist
8 - Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
9 - Kirk McCaskill, Kapuskasing, ON, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
16 - Selena, Texas, spanish singer (1994 Grammy)
17 - (Norman) Boomer Esiason, NFL QB (Cincinnati Bengals / New York Jets)
17 - Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
20 - Don Mattingly, 1st baseman (New York Yankees - 1985 MVP)
22 - Jeff Hostetler, NFL QB (New York Giants / Oakland Raiders / Washington Redskins)
22 - Jimmy Key, Huntsville, AL, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays / New York Yankees / Baltimore Orioles)
23 - George Lopez, American actor and comedian
30 - Isiah Thomas, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)

 

 

Famous Deaths

 

7 - Marian Jordan, radio comedienne ("Fibber McGee & Molly"), dies at 62
24 - Lee Moran, actor ("Circus Clown"), dies at 72
25 - Hans F. Blunck, writer, dies
26 - Gail Russell, actress, dies at 36
27 - Roy Del Ruth, director, dies at 67
29 - Cisco Houston, American folk singer dies