What Happened on May 8, 1961

Historical Events

  • 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas

Historic Event

Alan Shepard receives NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Washington

Famous Birthdays

  • Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Bill de Blasio, American politician and NYC Mayor (2014-21), born in Manhattan, New York
  • David Winning, Canadian film director
1961 Highlights

About May 8, 1961

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 7 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Runaway - Del Shannon
  • UK #1 Song: Blue Moon - Marcels