On This Day

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 awardsAcademy 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

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, 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