What Happened on April 17, 1961

Historical Events

Event of Interest

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

Academy Awards

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

  • 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39; his 2nd event title

Film & TV History

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

1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Boomer Esiason, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals), born in East Islip, New York
  • Frank J. Christensen, American labor leader, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Norman Cowans, Jamaican cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
Born in 1961

About April 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 1 month and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Runaway - Del Shannon
  • UK #1 Song: Wooden Heart - Elvis Presley