Friday 17 March 1961, St. Patrick's Day
It was Friday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Casey Siemaszko in Chicago and Sam Bowie.
In that special week of March people in US were listening to Pony Time by Chubby Checker.
In UK Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes by The Everly Brothers was in the top 5 hits.
Ice Cold in Alex, directed by J. Lee Thompson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961
while Advise And Consent by Allen Drury was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Hotel Victoria.
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- Ancient Rome - the second day of the Bacchanalia in honor of Bacchus
- Ancient Rome - the Liberalia in honor of Liber
- St. Agricola
- St. Joseph of Arimathea
- Feast day of St Patrick: a public holiday in Ireland (National feast) and Montserrat, widely celebrated in North America and worldwide (see St. Patrick's Day)
- Ancient Latvia - Kustonu Diena (return of the larks) observed
- Boston, Massachusetts - Evacuation Day
- Casey Siemaszko in Chicago: Illinois, USA; actor (Biloxi Blues, Three O'Clock High).
- Sam Bowie: American basketball player.
- Andrew Paul: English actor.
- Dana Reeve: American actress and activist, widow of Christoper Reeve (Born 1961).
- Casey Siemaszko: American actor.
- Alexander Bard: Swedish singer-songwriter and producer (Army of Lovers Vacuum and Bodies Without Organs)
- South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
- New York district attorney arrests professional gamblers who implicate Seton Hall players.
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