On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1961

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta

Famous Birthdays

  • Danny Sheaffer, American MLB catcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Lance Earl Deal, American hammer thrower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Riverton, Wyoming

Person of interestStephen Hillenburg

Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Lawton, Oklahoma (d. 2018)

Cartoonist and Voice Actor Stephen Hillenburg
Cartoonist and Voice Actor
Stephen Hillenburg
  • V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer, born in Chennai, India
1961 Highlights

About August 21, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 6 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo