On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1962

Historical Events

  • East German border guards shot and kill Peter Fechter, 18, attempting to cross Berlin Wall into western sector

Famous Birthdays

  • Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Gilby Clarke, American guitarist (Guns n' Roses), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Actor Jack Lemmon (37) weds actress and model Felicia Farr (29) in Paris, France


Famous Deaths

  • Peter Fechter, East German bricklayer who was shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall at 18
1962 Highlights

About August 17, 1962

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 58 years, 3 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo