On This Day

What Happened on August 21, 1961

Historical Events

Music Recording

American country singer Patsy Cline records then-struggling songwriter Willie Neslon's song "Crazy", in Nashville, Tennessee

Historic Event

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


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

Stephen Hillenburg

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

  • V. B. Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer, born in Chennai, India
1961 Highlights

About August 21, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 9 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell
  • UK #1 Song: You Don't Know - Helen Shapiro