Our Senior Year

March, 1961

(Music:  "Pony Time" by Chubby Checker)

 

 

Number One Songs

 

March 1 - 19:  "Pony Time" - Chubby Checker

March 20 - 31:  "Surrender" by Elvis Presley

 

 

Historic Events

 

1 - President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corp
3 - King Hassan II's ascends to throne of Morocco
6 - First London minicabs introduced
8 - Jean Kerr's "Mary, Mary", premieres in New York City, NY
8 - U.S. nuclear submarine "Patrick Henry" arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from South Carolina in a record underseas journey of 66 days, 22 hours
9 - Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit; First animal returned from space
12 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Miami Golf Open
13 - Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in sixth round for heavyweight boxing title
13 - President John F. Kennedy sets up the Alliance for Progress
13 - Landslide in USSR, kills 145
17 - South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
18 - "Poppin' Fresh" (Pillsbury Dough Boy) introduced
21 - Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club
24 - New York Senate approves $55,000,000 for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
25 - "Gypsy" closes at Broadway Theater in New York City after 702 performances
25 - NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State 70-65 (OT)
25 - Elvis Presley performs live on the USS Arizona
25 - Explorer 10 launched into elongated Earth orbit
25 - Sputnik 10 carries a dog into Earth orbit; later recovered
26 - Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival
29 - 23rd Amendment to U.S. Constitution is ratified, allows Washington, D.C. residents to vote for president

29 - After a 4- year trial, Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge

 

 

Famous Birthdays

 

1 - Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (1983 Heisman Trophy)
4 - Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, boxer
8 - Camryn Manheim, American actress
10 - Mitch Gaylord, CA, U.S. Olympic gymnast (1984)
10 - Pam Oliver, American sportscaster
15 - Fabio (Lanzoni), Italy, romance novels model

28 - Byron Scott, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)

29 - Amy Sedaris, American actress and comedian
29 - Gary Brabham, Australian racing driver

 

 

 

Famous Deaths

 

12 - Belinda Lee, actress, dies in car crash at 25
17 - Suzanna Salter, first U.S. female mayor / temperance leader, dies at 101
30 - P. J. Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies