What Happened in March 1961

Historical Events

  • Mar 1 Cellist Jacqueline du Prés debut in Wigmore Hall

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Mar 1 US President JFK establishes the Peace Corp

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Mar 2 "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Mar 3 King Hassan II ascends to throne of Morocco
  • Mar 4 Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as sec-gen of NATO
  • Mar 4 8th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Duke, 96-81
  • Mar 6 1st London minicabs introduced
  • Mar 6 Dutch Queen Juliana celebrates 12½ year jubilee
  • Mar 6 Dutch guilder revalued 4.74%
  • Mar 8 Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary" premieres in NYC

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Mar 8 US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from SC in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • Mar 9 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
  • Mar 9 Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
  • Mar 9 Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit
  • Mar 9 Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"

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Mar 9 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 11 Then NHL record 40 penalties, Black Hawks & Maple Leafs (20 each)
  • Mar 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open
  • Mar 13 Elizabeth Gurley Finn (70) becomes President of US Communist Party

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 13 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Mar 13 JFK sets up the Alliance for Progress
  • Mar 13 Landslide in USSR, kills 145
  • Mar 13 Old type, black & white notes cease to be legal tender
  • Mar 14 George Weiss becomes President of NY Mets
  • Mar 15 South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth
  • Mar 16 18th Golden Globes: Spartacus, Burt Lancaster, & Greer Garson win
  • Mar 17 NY DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
  • Mar 17 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • Mar 18 Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
  • Mar 18 6th Eurovision Song Contest: Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg wins "Nous les amoureux" in Cannes
  • Mar 21 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
  • Mar 21 The Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
  • Mar 24 NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
  • Mar 25 "13 Daughters" closes at 54th St Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Mar 25 "Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 702 performances
  • Mar 25 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 70-65 (OT)

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Mar 25 Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 25 Explorer 10 launched into elongated Earth orbit (177/181,000 km)
  • Mar 25 Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit; later recovered
  • Mar 25 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah 127-120 in 4 overtimes
  • Mar 25 115th Grand National: Bobby Beasley aboard Nicolaus Silver wins
  • Mar 26 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival
  • Mar 27 Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars
  • Mar 27 Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen
  • Mar 29 23rd Amendment to the US Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C. residents to vote in presidential elections

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Mar 29 After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Mar 29 KCPT TV channel 19 in Kansas City, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 169,600' (51,690 m)
  • Mar 30 The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is signed at New York.
  • Mar 31 Aklilou Habtewold becomes 1st premier of Ethiopia
  • Mar 31 8th National Film Awards (India): "Anuradha" wins the Golden Lotus

Famous Birthdays

  • Mar 1 Davis Daniel, Arlington Heights Ill, country singer
  • Mar 1 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • Mar 2 Simone Young, Australian conductor
  • Mar 3 Mary Page Keller, actress (Ryan's Hope, Duet), born in Monterey Park, California
  • Mar 3 Perry McCarthy, English racing driver
  • Mar 3 Knut Nærum, Norwegian comedian
  • Mar 4 David "Tinker" Juarez, cyclist (Olympics-19th-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, boxer (killed a boxer in the ring)
  • Mar 4 Roger Wessels, Port Elizabeth South Africa, golfer (1994 Canadian Masters)
  • Mar 4 Steven Weber, actor (Brian Hackett-Wings), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 4 Sabine Everts, former German track athlete
  • Mar 5 Dan Stuart, US singer/songwriter (Green on Red)
  • Mar 5 Zeke Mowatt, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • Mar 7 Mary Beth Evans, actress (Katherine-General Hospital), born in Pasadena, California
  • Mar 8 Larry Murphy, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 8 Camryn Manheim, American actress (The Practice), born in Caldwell, New Jersey
  • Mar 9 Robert Rechsteiner, US professional wrestler (Rick Steiner)
  • Mar 10 Jesse Sapolu, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 10 Laurel B Clark, Ames Iowa, Lt cmdr USN/astronaut
  • Mar 10 Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnist (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)
  • Mar 10 Bobby Petrino, American football coach
  • Mar 10 Pam Oliver, American sportscaster
  • Mar 11 Bruce Watson, Ontario Canada, rock guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland)
  • Mar 11 Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round)
  • Mar 11 Elias Koteas, Canadian actor
  • Mar 12 Joseph Facal, Quebec politician
  • Mar 13 Cor Lems, soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90)
  • Mar 14 Gary Dell'Abate, producer (Howard Stern Show)
  • Mar 14 Grigoriy Kornev, Russian speed walker (world record 5 km)
  • Mar 14 Russell Todd, actor (Jamie Frame-Another World)
  • Mar 14 Greg Anderson, American NHRA driver
  • Mar 14 Penny Johnson Jerald, American actress
  • Mar 15 Craig Ludwig, Rhinelander, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 15 Fabio Lanzoni, Milan, Italy, romance novels model (Fabio After Dark)
  • Mar 15 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 16 Mel Gray, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 17 Casey Siemaszko, actor (Biloxi Blues, 3 O'Clock High), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 17 Dana Reeve, American actress and activist (d. 2006)
  • Mar 17 Andrew Paul, English actor
  • Mar 18 Kevan James, cricketer (all-rounder 4 wkts/4 balls & ton v India 1996)
  • Mar 18 Mark Van Thillo, Wilrijk Belgium, co-capt (Biosphere 2)
  • Mar 18 Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
  • Mar 19 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • Mar 20 John Clark Gable, actor (Bad Jim), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 20 Kathy Guadagnino, LPGA golfer (1985 US Women's Open), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 20 Slim Jim Phantom, [Jim Mcdonnell], rock drummer (Stray Cats)
  • Mar 20 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 21 Kassie Wesley, Ky, actress (Evil Dead 2, Blair-One Life to Live)
  • Mar 21 Slim MacDonnell, Jim Phantom rock percussionist (Stray Cats)
  • Mar 21 Wei Wang, Beijing China, US table tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 21 Shawn Lane, American guitar virtuoso (d. 2003)
  • Mar 21 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • Mar 23 Helmi Johannes, Indonesian television newscaster
  • Mar 24 Dean Jones, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman & fielder 1984-92)
  • Mar 24 James T Gallagher Jr, PGA golfer (1990 Greater Milw), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 John Stockwell, actor (Born to Ride, City Limits), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Mar 25 Mark David Brooks, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 25 Fred Goss, American actor, comedian, and writer
  • Mar 26 Leigh Bowery, designer
  • Mar 26 William Hague, Secretary of State for Wales
  • Mar 27 Clark Datchler, vocalist (Johnny Hates Jazz-Don't Say it's Love)
  • Mar 27 Ellery Hanley, rugby league player
  • Mar 27 Tak Matsumoto, Japanese guitarist (B'z)
  • Mar 27 Tony Rominger, Swiss cyclist
  • Mar 28 Byron Scott, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Mar 29 Ane-Marie Sanches, newscaster (Suriname TV/Radio)
  • Mar 29 Mike Kingery, St James MN, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Mar 29 Amy Sedaris, American actress and comedian
  • Mar 29 Gary Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 30 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
  • Mar 31 Ron Brown, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 13 Pablo Picasso (79) marries his model Jacqueline Rocque (37)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Playwright Samuel Beckett (54) weds Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil on a secret civil ceremony in England

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 George Formby, British singer/comedian, dies at 56
  • Mar 6 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright/director of Tivoli, dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter, dies at 42
  • Mar 7 Max Hymans, WW II resistance fighter/Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • Mar 8 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Belinda Lee, actress (Joseph & his Brethren), dies in car crash at 25
  • Mar 14 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (opening theorist), dies at 78
  • Mar 16 Chen Geng, Chinese military leader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
  • Mar 19 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • Mar 23 James Edward Murray, (Sen-D-Montana) (1935-61), dies
  • Mar 23 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
  • Mar 27 Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • Mar 30 P J Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies
  • Mar 31 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet/writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85