On This Day

What Happened on February 4, 1961

Historical Events

  • "Angolan War of Independence" begins
  • Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure

Famous Birthdays

  • Denis Savard, Canadian NHL centre (Chicago Blackhawks) named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players' in history, born in Pointe Gatineau, Canada
  • Stewart O'Nan, American author (Snow Angels, The Names of the Dead), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • Piet[er] L. Kramer, Influential Dutch architect (Amsterdam School), dies at 79
1961 Highlights

About February 4, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 9 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aquarius