On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1961

Historical Events

  • John Chancellor becomes news anchor of "Today Show"

Famous Birthdays

  • Jonathan Potts, Canadian actor, born in Toronto, Ontario

Famous Deaths


Person of interestTy Cobb

Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

1961 Highlights

About July 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 4 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Cancer