On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1961

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Martin Sheen

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? 59 years, 11 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn