On This Day

What Happened on March 29, 1961

Historical Events

  • 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections

Event of interestEvent of Interest

After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Economist John Kenneth Galbraith is appointed US Ambassador to India

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Amy Sedaris, American actress and comedian, born in Endicott, New York
  • Ane-Marie Sanches, newscaster (Suriname TV/Radio)
  • Gary Brabham, Australian auto racer, (British Formula 3000 C'ship 1989), born in London, England
  • Mike Kingery, American baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. James, Minnesota
1961 Highlights

About March 29, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 7 months and 27 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aries