What Happened on September 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "Car 54, Where are You?" premieres on US TV

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Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

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Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk:STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X)

Famous Deaths

  • Adnan Menderes, PM of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
  • Simon Delmonte, actor/director (Bleke Bet), dies at 68