What Happened on August 16, 1961

Historical Events

  • 250,000 West Berliners demonstrate against the division of East Berlin

Event of Interest

Martin Luther King Jr. protests for black voting rights in Miami, Florida

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Okoye, Nigerian-American football player known as the "Nigerian Nightmare" (Kansas City Chiefs), born in Enugu, Nigeria
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Maulvi Abdul Haq, Pakistani scholar and father of Modern Urdu, dies at 91

About August 16, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 1 month and 8 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • UK #1 Song: You Don't Know - Helen Shapiro