On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1961

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
1961 Highlights

About December 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 6 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
  • UK #1 Song: Tower Of Strength - Frankie Vaughan