On This Day

What Happened on August 23, 1961

Historical Events

  • Belgium sends troops to Rwanda-Urundi
  • East Germany imposed new curbs on travel between West & East Berlin
  • US lunar probe Ranger 1 reaches 190 km from Earth, falls back

Famous Birthdays

  • Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • Dean DeLeo, American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots), born in Montclair, New Jersey

Famous Deaths

  • Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), dies at 81
1961 Highlights

About August 23, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 8 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

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