On This Day

What Happened on March 17, 1961

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jaguar head William Lyons debuts the first E-Type model at the Geneva International Motor Show, creating a sensation

  • NY DA arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players
  • South Africa leaves British Commonwealth

Famous Birthdays

  • Andrew Paul, English actor
  • Casey Siemaszko, American actor (Biloxi Blues, 3 O'Clock High), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve and activist (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 2006)

Famous Weddings

Christopher Lee

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

Famous Deaths

  • Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
1961 Highlights

About March 17, 1961

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 8 months and 15 days
Leap Year: No

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