What Happened on May 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya

Famous Deaths

  • Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74