What Happened on October 17, 1961

Historical Events

  • 22nd congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Battle of Paris-police kill 210 Algerians

Historic Event

NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m

Historic Event

NY Museum of Modern Art hangs Henri Matisse's "Le Bateau" upside-down It wasn't corrected until December 3rd

Famous Birthdays

  • Mike De Palmer, American tennis player and coach (coach Boris Becker), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2021)
1961 Highlights

About October 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 3 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Runaround Sue - Dion
  • UK #1 Song: Walkin' Back To Happiness - Helen Shapiro