What Happened on September 17, 1961

Historical Events

  • "Car 54, Where are You?" premieres on US TV

Sports History

Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

  • Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Event of Interest

Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days," premieres in NYC

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1961 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Pamela Ann Melroy, American Major USAF and astronaut (STS 92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Steve Clifford, American basketball head coach (Orlando Magic 2018-19; Charlotte Hornets 2013-18), born in Island Falls, Maine
  • Ty Tabor, American progressive metal guitarist and singer (King's X), born in Pearl, Mississippi
Born in 1961

Famous Deaths

  • Adnan Menderes, Prime Minister of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62

About September 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 61 years, 6 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
  • UK #1 Song: Reach For The Stars/Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Shirley Bassey