What Happened on April 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

33rd Academy Awards: "Apartment" wins best film, Burt Lancaster & Elizabeth Taylor win best actor, actress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jimmy Stewart accepts an honorary Oscar on behalf of his friend Gary Cooper, who is too ill to attend


Famous Birthdays

  • Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader
  • Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)