On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1961

Historical Events


Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

11th NBA All-Star Game, Onondaga County Coliseum, Syracuse, NY: West beats East, 153-131; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG; at 22, youngest player to receive All-Star MVP honours, 23 points & 14 assists

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

MurderAssassination

Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Patrice Lumumba

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Helgeland, American writer & film director, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Maia Chiburdanidze, Soviet women's world chess champ, born in Kutaisi, USSR
1961 Highlights

About January 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 10 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn