On This Day

What Happened on September 17, 1961

Historical Events

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

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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

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

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

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Pamela Ann Melroy, Major USAF/astronaut (sk: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

Famous Deaths

  • Adnan Menderes, Prime Minister of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62
1961 Highlights

About September 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 1 month and 5 days
Leap Year: No

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