On This Day

What Happened on September 12, 1961

Historical Events

Historic Event

NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m

Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker
Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot
Joseph A. Walker
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Christiane Jolissaint, Swiss tennis star, born in Vevey, Switzerland
  • Kadim Al Sahir, Iraqi singer-songwriter (Ana Wa Laila - Me and Laila), born in Mosul, Iraq
  • Mylène Farmer, Canadian-French singer (Cendres de Lune) and actress, born in Montreal, Quebec

Famous Deaths

  • Carl Hermann, German physicist, dies at 63
1961 Highlights

About September 12, 1961

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 1 month and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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