On This Day

What Happened on August 13, 1961

Historical Events

  • Construction of the Berlin Wall begins in East Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • Bettine Vriesekoop, Dutch table tennis star (European Championships gold 1982, 92), born in Hazerswoude, Netherlands
  • Dawnn Lewis, American actress (Jaleesa-Different World), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Neil Mallender, English cricketer (England pace bowler in two Tests 1992), born in Kirk Sandall, Yorkshire
  • Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster, born in Whiston, Lancashire, England
  • Sunil Shetty, Indian actor and producer (Khel – No Ordinary Game), born in Mulki, Mysore State, India
  • Tom Perrotta, American novelist (Little Children), born in Newark, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Adeline De Walt Reynolds, American actress (Son of Dracula), dies at 78
1961 Highlights

About August 13, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

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