BestOfDate

January 11th, 1961.

January 11th, 1961, was a Wednesday. It was day 11 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

60 years, 9 months and 5 days have passed since January 11th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on January 11th, 1961?

  • The Throgs Neck Bridge connecting The Bronx and Queens is opened in New York City.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 11th, 1961.

  • United States: Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert
  • United Kingdom: Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson
Play the top hits from 1961.
A Spotify playlist of songs from the year 1961. Take a trip back to the days of Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Shirelles, Chubby Checker, Ray Charles and Helen Shapiro.
Spartacus

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Spartacus" was at the top of the box office on January 11th, 1961.

Take me back to January 11th, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 11th, 1961 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. The Christmas holiday season is long over, the decorations have been taken down and a sense of normality has returned.

In America, the song Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaempfert is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Poetry In Motion by Johnny Tillotson is the number one hit song. Dwight David Eisenhower is currently the President of the United States and the movie Spartacus is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Harold Macmillan is the current Prime Minister. Tailfins on cars are extremely popular at the moment. The design looks futuristic, almost like a rocket or the twin rudders on the back of an airplane. In fashion, many of the trends from the late 1950s are still popular. Women are wearing tailored skirts, short boxy jackets and shift dresses. Trousers are also becoming popular amongst women. Meanwhile, men are wearing polo shirts, argyle socks, sweater vests, loafers and harrington jackets.

Because it's 1961, radio stations are playing hit songs from artists such as Bert Kaempfert, Chubby Checker, Elvis Presley, Del Shannon, Bobby Lewis and Jimmy Dean. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Ernest Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Tonight Starring Jack Paar", "Maverick" and "Route 66".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "The Rifleman", "Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse" and "King Leonardo and His Short Subjects". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters, Troll doll, Astrobase and Etch A Sketch.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 11th, 1961.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1961?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1961?

    In 1961, the best NBA players were Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Pettit, Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson.

  • Who were the best football players in 1961?

    Who were the best football players in 1961?

    In 1961, the best soccer players were Pelé, Omar Sívori, Luis Suárez, Johnny Haynes, Lev Yashin, Ferenc Puskás, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Uwe Seeler and John Charles.

  • West Side Story.

    West Side Story.

    The film "West Side Story" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1961.

  • Henry Mancini - "Moon River"

    Henry Mancini - "Moon River"

    The song "Moon River" by Henry Mancini won a Grammy for 1961's Song of the Year.

  • 1961 in music.

    1961 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1961 were dominated by the likes of Elvis Presley, Bobby Lewis, Jimmy Dean, Ricky Nelson, The Marcels, Del Shannon, Bobby Vee, Ray Charles and Bert Kaempfert.

  • 1961 in movies.

    1961 in movies.

    Movies released in 1961 included West Side Story, The Guns of Navarone, El Cid, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, La Dolce Vita, Lover Come Back, King of Kings, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Splendor in the Grass, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Hustler.

  • John F. Kennedy.

    John F. Kennedy.

    US President John F. Kennedy was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1961.

  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones.

    During the first half of the 1960s, rotary phones were still the most common type of landline phone. Although push-button telephones did exist at this time, they were relatively uncommon.

  • Trouble is brewing in Vietnam.

    Trouble is brewing in Vietnam.

    By this time, communist forces in North Vietnam had committed themselves to invading South Vietnam. The Ho Chi Minh trail was established and expanded and guerrilla warfare attacks were being carried out against the US-backed Diệm government in the south. It was during this time that the United States started to slowly escalate its involvement in the conflict.

  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.

  • Greasers.

    Greasers.

    During the 1950s and early 1960s, a popular youth subculture called "greasers" emerged. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants and denim or leather jackets.

  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox.

    During this period, the jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Around this time, teenagers and young adults would hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 60 years, 9 months and 5 days have passed since January 11th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 02 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on January 11th, 1961, will be 60 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 11th, 1961.

  • December 16th, 1960: 128 people are killed when two airliners collide over Staten Island, New York.
  • December 21st, 1960: The film "Swiss Family Robinson" is released by Disney.
  • December 26th, 1960: NFL: The Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Green Bay Packers by 17-13 to win the 1960 NFL Championship Game.
  • January 9th, 1961: The Portland Spy Ring: A Soviet spy ring is uncovered in London.
  • This date: January 11th, 1961
  • January 16th, 1961: Mickey Mantle becomes the highest paid player in baseball after he signs a $75,000 contract with the New York Yankees.
  • January 20th, 1961: John F. Kennedy takes office as the 35th President of the United States.
  • January 24th, 1961: Actress Marilyn Monroe divorces her husband Arthur Miller after less than five years of marriage.
  • January 25th, 1961: Disney releases the movie "One Hundred and One Dalmatians".
  • January 30th, 1961: Patsy Cline releases her single "I Fall to Pieces".
  • February 9th, 1961: The Beatles perform for the very first time at a nightclub called The Cavern Club.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

View Personality Summary

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 11th, 1961, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 11th, 1961 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Route 66 - Adventure crime drama.
  • The Andy Griffith Show - Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.
  • Danger Man - British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.
  • The Untouchables - American crime drama.
  • The Twilight Zone - TV series about disturbing or unusual events.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis - American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Rawhide - American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
  • 77 Sunset Strip - Private detective drama series.
  • Maverick - American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.
  • Tonight Starring Jack Paar - Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • The Danny Thomas Show - American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.
  • The Jack Benny Program - 25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
  • You Bet Your Life - Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.
  • The Ed Sullivan Show - Variety show.

Cars in 1961.

1961 saw the introduction of cars such as the BMW New Class, the Dodge Lancer, the Toyota Publica, the Ford Thunderbird (third generation), the MG Midget and the Volvo P1800.

Cars in 1961.

Kid's TV shows on January 11th, 1961.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1961.

  • Mister Ed
  • The Dick Tracy Show
  • King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • The Flintstones
  • My Three Sons
  • Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
  • The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
  • Dennis the Menace
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
  • The Rifleman
  • The Huckleberry Hound Show
  • Leave It to Beaver
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1961.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1961.

  • Etch A Sketch
  • Astrobase
  • Troll doll
  • Crater Critters

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1961.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 11th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 11th.

Mary J. Blige

Singer.
Born on January 11th, 1971
She was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Emile Heskey

Soccer player.
Born on January 11th, 1978
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

US President.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the President of the United States on January 11th, 1961.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 11th, 1961.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 11th, 1961 was most likely conceived around the 3rd of April, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 11th, 1961 is close to the 21st of October, 1961.

How old was I?

Enter your date of birth below to find out how old you were on January 11th, 1961.

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 11th, 1961.

  • A total of 22,194 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,170 weeks have passed.
  • 1,917,558,000 seconds have passed since the January 11th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,237,151,000 times.
  • Since January 11th, 1961, the earth has travelled approximately 989,459,928,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 319,593,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 164,909,988 steps. That's about 73,293 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,010,696 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

Post a comment about this date.

Have something to say about January 11th, 1961?

All comments are moderated before they are published. We may edit comments to correct misspellings and grammar. We may also remove or redact personal information.

Search for another date.

It looks like you have reached the end! Try searching for another date.



Random dates.

Feeling lucky? Take a look at the list of random dates below.


« Previous Day
January 10, 1961
Next Day »
January 12, 1961

© 2014-2021 BestOfDate.com

We use cookies to deliver personalized advertisements, improve your experience and to analyze our site's performance.

For more details, please read our Privacy Policy.

Manage Cookie Preferences

You can set your cookie preferences below. However, please be aware that not allowing certain cookies may impact your experience of the site.

Performance
These cookies allow us to analyze our traffic so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site.
Functional
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. Disabling them may prevent certain services from working.
Targeting
These are cookies that can be set by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and serve relevant adverts to you on other websites and apps. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.
Strictly Necessary
These are essential cookies that our website requires in order to function properly. More often than not, these are set after you perform a specific action.

You can change your choice at any time by using the Privacy Center link in our footer.

For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.