On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1961

Historical Events

  • 22nd Venice Film Festival: "Last Year at Marienbad" directed by Alain Resnais wins Golden Lion
  • East Germany begins erecting 5' high wall along the border with the west to replace the barbed wire put up Aug 13
  • Philadelphia Phillies beat Milwaukee Braves, 7-4 at County Stadium; end losing streak with dubious MLB record of 23 straight loses

Famous Birthdays

  • Greg Egan, Australian science fiction and hard science author, born in Perth, Australia
  • Joe Pasquale, English comedian (King of the Jungle - I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 2004 4th series), born in Grays, Essex, England
  • Linda Mantz, American actress (Frankie-Dorothy), born in NYC, New York
  • Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker

Famous Deaths

  • Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist (Nobel 1946 - physics of high pressure), dies at 79
  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian-American Arctic explorer and ethnologist, dies at 82
1961 Highlights

About August 20, 1961

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

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo