What Happened on May 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
  • Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington

Famous Birthdays

  • Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Bill de Blasio, American politician New York City Mayor (2013-), born in Manhattan, New York
  • David Winning, Canadian film director
  • Riaz Poonawalla, cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)

Famous Deaths

  • James Fairfax, actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63