What Happened on December 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil
  • India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Sarah Dallin, rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
  • Venice Kong, St Mary Jamaica, playmate (September, 1985)

Famous Deaths

  • Marion Perkins, sculptor (Man of Sorrow), dies at 53