Today in History:
Dutch DC-8 crashes after takeoff at Lisbon, 62 die – KLM DC-8-53 PH-DCL named Fridtjof Nansen was operating Viasa Flight 897 on lease to VIASA when it crashed into the sea while en route between Lisbon, Portugal and Santa Maria in the Azores. All 47 passengers and 14 crew on board the Douglas DC-8 were killed;
Long-time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated in Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic – nicknamed El Jefe (The Chief or The Boss), ruled as a dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination;
Maris hits his 10th & 11th of 61 HRs – Roger Eugene Maris (September 10, 1934 – December 14, 1985) was a Major League Baseball right fielder who played for 12 seasons and on four teams, from 1957 through 1968. Maris hit a Major League record 61 home runs during the 1961 season for the New York Yankees, breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season record of 60 home runs in 1927. Maris’ record stood for the next 37 years.
John George Diefenbaker (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada) was Prime Minister of Canada;
The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic);
The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany was Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer the first post-war Chancellor of Germany (West Germany). I include this because that is where SU was born;
The Canadian Minister of Defence was Douglas Scott Harkness (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada);
The VW Beetle had its best-ever year in Germany in 1961 with 348,929 sales; and
The 1961 Indianapolis 500 – the first not to be included in the Formula One championship – was won by A. J. Foyt.
SU will be the first one to say that he doesn’t like having a fuss made over his birthday but today is the day. We need to take our monthly trip to Chitre or Las Tablas and depending on where the mood takes us we’ll end up in one place or the other today and we’ll have a birthday lunch in celebration.
And just because SU doesn’t want a fuss and I have a blog, I thought I would have a little fun with it by seeing what was happening on Tuesday, May 30, 1961; 52 years ago today.
Feliz cumpleaños Eric.