What Happened on April 24, 1961

Historical Events

Sinking of the Vasa

17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged

Event of Interest

JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

Famous Birthdays

  • Igor Raykhelson, Russian-American composer, and classical and jazz pianist, born in Leningrad, USSR
  • Roger Mayweather, American boxer, (WBA & lineal super featherweight titles 1983-84, WBC light welterweight 1987-89; IBO light welterweight; IBO welterweight 1994-95), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2020)
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • (Joseph) Rosario Bourdon, French Canadian-American cellist, violinist, conductor, arranger and musical director (Victor Talking Machine Company, 1905-31; Symphonique de MontrĂ©al, 1935-44), dies at 76
  • Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)

About April 24, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 5 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

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