On This Day

What Happened on December 12, 1961

Historical Events


Execution'The Banality of Evil'

Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes in Israel

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Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
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  • Amateur radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36

Sport awardFootball Awards

Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Argentine forward Omar Sívori wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez and English forward Johnny Haynes

Football Player Luis Suárez
Football Player
Luis Suárez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators are arrested in Albany, Georgia

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Daniel O'Donnell, Irish singer and television presenter, born in Donegal, Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • Daiun Sogaku Harada, Zen founder of Sanbo Kyodan lineage, dies at 91
1961 Highlights

About December 12, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 11 months and 24 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius