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
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Carlos Salzedo, French-American piano prodigy, harpist, composer, educator (Curtis Institue; Juilliard), and new music advocate (co-founder of International Composers' Guild), dies at 76
1961 Highlights

About August 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 62 years, 1 month and 5 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