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 rock guitarist (Guns N' Roses, 1991-94; Rock Star Supernova), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Famous Weddings

Jack Lemmon

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? 59 years, 3 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Leo