On This Day

What Happened on April 27, 1961

Historical Events

  • NASA launches Explorer 11 into Earth orbit to study gamma rays
  • NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • Sierra Leone declares independence from UK

Famous Deaths

  • Roy Del Ruth, American director (About Face, Folies Bergere), dies at 67
1961 Highlights

About April 27, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 60 years and 7 months
Leap Year: No

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