On This Day

What Happened on April 24, 1961

Historical Events


Sinking ShipThe Sinking of the Vasa

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

JFK accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Famous Birthdays

  • 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? 59 years, 2 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus