On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1961

Historical Events

  • Kennedy administration establishes Alliance for Progress

Famous Birthdays

  • Jamie Macoun, Canadian NHL defenceman (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Newmarket, Ontario

Famous Deaths

  • Carlos Leon Salzedo, French born American composer and harpist, dies at 76
1961 Highlights

About August 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 2 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo