On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1961

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Famous Birthdays


Enya [Eithne Ní Bhraonáin], Irish singer and songwriter ("Orinoco Flow"; "Carribbean Blue"; "Only Time"), born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

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? 60 years, 6 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus