On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1961

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Fidel Castro offers to exchange Bay of Pigs prisoners for 500 bulldozers

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestEnya

Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter (A Day Without Rain), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter Enya

Famous Deaths

  • Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
1961 Highlights

About May 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 6 months and 9 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus