On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • India seizes Goa & 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • Niteroi Circus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil catches fire; 323 die after disgruntled employee sets fire to the tent

Famous Birthdays

  • Sara Dallin, British musician (Bananarama), born in Bristol, England

Famous Deaths

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