On This Day

What Happened on February 21, 1961

Historical Events

  • Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker" premieres in Zurich
  • Gabon adopts constitution
  • Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km

Famous Birthdays

  • Abhijit Banerjee, American economist, 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics, born in Mumbai, India
  • Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • Christopher Atkins, actor (Peter-Dallas, Blue Lagoon), born in Rye, New York
  • Martha Hackett, American actress
  • Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)

Famous Deaths

  • Blaise Cendrars [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet, dies at 73
  • Frederick McKinley Jones, American inventor (developments in refrigeration), dies of lung cancer at 67
1961 Highlights

About February 21, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 10 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

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