On This Day

What Happened on January 17, 1962

Historical Events

Historic Event

NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 40,690m

  • Roy Harris' 8th Symphony, premieres in San Francisco

Famous Birthdays

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb & Dumber, The Mask), born in Ontario Canada

  • Sebastian Junger, American journalist & author, born in Belmont, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Dead End), dies at 56
1962 Highlights

About January 17, 1962

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 10 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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