What Happened on February 16, 1961

Historical Events

  • 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Virginia
  • China uses its 1st nuclear reactor
  • NASA Explorer 9 mission launches satellite for the 1st time from Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia; this was also the 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put into orbit

Famous Birthdays

  • Andy Taylor, British rock guitarist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"; The Power Station), born in Tynemouth, England
  • Brett Brown, American basketball head coach (Philadelphia 76ers 2013-19; Australian men's national team), born in South Portland, Maine

Famous Deaths

  • Dazzy Vance, American Baseball HOF pitcher (7 x NL strike-out leader; World Series 1934 St Louis Cardinals; NL MVP & Triple Crown 1924 Brooklyn Robins), dies at 69
1961 Highlights

About February 16, 1961

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 7 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Calcutta - Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra
  • UK #1 Song: Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires