Friday 3 March 1961
It was Friday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). In that special week of March people in US were listening to Pony Time by Chubby Checker.
In UK Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits.
L'avventura, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961
while Advise And Consent by Allen Drury was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the important events of 3 March 1961 ?
- United States - Bonza Bottler Day
- Bulgaria - Liberation Day.
- Malawi - Martyr's Day.
- Hinamatsuri - Japanese celebration day for girls.
- Mary Page Keller: Actress (Duet, Scared Stiff, Baby Talk).
- Knut Naerum: Norwegian comedian.
- Perry McCarthy: English racing driver.
- Mary Keller: American actress and producer.
- John Matteson: American author and educator.
- Paul Wittgenstein: Austrian-American pianist and educator (d. 1961).
- Max Conrad circumnavigates the earth in 8 days, 18 hours and 49 minutes, setting a new world record.
- The first U.S. Polaris submarines arrive at Holy Loch.
- Black and white £5 notes cease to be legal tender in the UK.
- A dam burst in Kiev, USSR, killing 145.
- United States delegate to the UNSC Adlai Stevenson votes against Portuguese policies in Africa.
- President of the United States John F. Kennedy proposes a long-term ampquotAlliance for Progressampquot between the United States and Latin America. JFK Library.org
- Cyprus joins the Commonwealth of Nations, becoming the first small country in the Commonwealth.
- Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, takes in its first students.
- The Union of Peoples of Angola, led by Holden Roberto, attacks strategic locations in the north of Angola. These events result in the beginning of the colonial war with Portugal.
- A ceasefire takes effect in the Algerian War of Independence.
- ''Nous les amoureux'' by Jean-Claude Pascal (music by Jacques Datin, text by Maurice Vidalin) wins the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 for Luxembourg.
Which were the top hits in that special week of March 1961 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Chubby Checker - Pony Time
- Lawrence Welk - Calcutta
- Elvis Presley - Surrender
- Marty Robbins - Don't Worry
- The Shirelles - Dedicated To The One I Love
- Connie Francis - Where The Boys Are
- The Miracles - Shop Around
- The Capris - There's A Moon Out Tonight
- The Everly Brothers - Ebony Eyes
- The String-A-Longs - Wheels
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