On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1962

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Buddy Landel, American professional wrestler
  • Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

  • Peter Fechter trying to cross the Berlin Wall (b. 1944)