On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday

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, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman)
  • Mark O'Connor, American violinist
  • 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