What Happened on April 24, 1961

Historical Events

The Sinking of the Vasa

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

Historic Event

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)

Famous Deaths

  • Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)
1961 Highlights

About April 24, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 7 months and 10 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