On This Day

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), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • Tawny Kitaen, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard), born in San Diego, California

Famous Deaths

  • Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63
  • Sidney Holland, Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1949-57), dies at 67
1961 Highlights

About August 5, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo