On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1961

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Fidel Castro announces Cuba will release 1,113 prisoners from failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion for $62M worth of food & medical supplies

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Train accident in Italy, 70 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Carol Smillie, British television personality, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton


Famous Deaths

  • Kurt Meyer, German SS officer (b. 1910)
1961 Highlights

About December 23, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 11 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn