What Happened on August 5, 1961

Historical Events

  • 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
  • Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (CFL), 34-16 in a pre-season exhibition at Molson Stadium in Montreal

Famous Birthdays

  • Athula Samarasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer and coach (Sri Lankan batsman), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Mark O'Connor, American violinist and composer of classical, jazz and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Pat Smear [Georg Ruthenberg], American rock guitarist (Foo Fighters - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • [Julie] Tawny Kitaen, American actress (Bachelor Party; Whitesnake videos; Witchboard), born in San Diego, California (d. 2021)
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Eva JC Beck, Dutch actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63
  • Sidney Holland, Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1949-57), dies at 67

About August 5, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 9 months and 27 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