On This Day

Famous Weddings & Divorces in 1961

Famous Weddings

Mike Ditka

Jan 28 NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

Pablo Picasso

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

Christopher Lee

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

Samuel Beckett

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

Jim Bakker

Apr 1 American televangelist Jim Bakker (21) marries Christian singer Tammy Faye (19)

  • May 25 King Hussein of Jordan marries Princess Muna al-Hussein (Antoinette Gardiner).
  • Jun 8 English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley

Ray Nitschke

Jun 26 NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette

Chinua Achebe

Sep 10 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli

Ted Williams

Sep 10 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

  • Oct 14 American"The Vampire Chronicles" author Anne O'Brien (20) weds American poet and painter Stan Rice (18) in Denton, Texas

Upton Sinclair

Oct 14 American "The Jungle" author Upton Sinclair (83) weds Mary Elizabeth Willis (79-ish)

Lucille Ball

Nov 19 American television comedy icon Lucille Ball (50) weds American stand-up comic Gary Morton (36) at Marble Collegiate Church, NYC, the second marriage for both

Mario Andretti

Nov 25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

  • Dec 10 Dr Ruth marries Fred Westheimer

Martin Sheen

Dec 23 Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton