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January 26th, 1961.

January 26th, 1961, was a Thursday. It was day 26 of 1961. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

61 years, 8 months and 3 days have passed since January 26th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

Birthdays

Born on January 26th, 1961.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Popular songs.

On January 26th, 1961, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

  • United States: Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert
  • United Kingdom: Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley

The record charts on January 26th, 1961.

The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra
  • Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
  • Calcutta - Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
  • Angel Baby - Rosie And The Originals
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.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "Spartacus".

Take me back to January 26th, 1961!

Let's go back in time!

The date is January 26th, 1961, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. In America, the song Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaempfert is on top of the singles charts.

Over in the UK, Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley is the number one hit song. John Fitzgerald Kennedy 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 "Have Gun - Will Travel", "Maverick", "77 Sunset Strip" and "Danger Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "Leave It to Beaver", "Noggin the Nog" and "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Wooly Willy, Metal House robots, Crater Critters and Tonka trucks.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on January 26th, 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 begin to appear at the end of 1963, 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 61 years, 8 months and 3 days have passed since January 26th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 04 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on January 26th, 1961 will be 61 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to January 26th, 1961.

  • January 9th, 1961: The Portland Spy Ring: A Soviet spy ring is uncovered in London.
  • January 11th, 1961: The Throgs Neck Bridge connecting The Bronx and Queens is opened in New York City.
  • 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".
  • This date: January 26th, 1961
  • 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.
  • February 15th, 1961: The entire United States figure skating team is killed after their Sabena Boeing 707 crashes in Belgium.
  • February 18th, 1961: Del Shannon releases his song "Crying".
  • February 25th, 1961: The Sydney tramway network operates for the last time.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 26th, 1961, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 26th, 1961 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on January 26th, 1961.

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Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in January, 1961.

TV shows from January, 1961.

Route 66
Route 66
Adventure crime drama.

The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.

Danger Man
Danger Man
British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.

The Untouchables
The Untouchables
American crime drama.

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
TV series about disturbing or unusual events.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Rawhide
Rawhide
American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.

77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Private detective drama series.

Maverick
Maverick
American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Legal drama series.

Wagon Train
Wagon Train
American western series.

Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
American western series.

Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

You Bet Your Life
You Bet Your Life
Comedy quiz series hosted by Groucho Marx.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan 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.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on January 26th, 1961.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1961.

Mister Ed
Mister Ed

The Dick Tracy Show
The Dick Tracy Show

King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

The Flintstones
The Flintstones

My Three Sons
My Three Sons

Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends

Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy

Snooper and Blabber
Snooper and Blabber

Noggin the Nog
Noggin the Nog

Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks

Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown

The Rifleman
The Rifleman

The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Huckleberry Hound Show

The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole

Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver

Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show

Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1961.

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

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Astrobase
Astrobase

Troll doll
Troll doll

Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks

Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars

Barbie
Barbie

Playpal dolls
Playpal dolls

Crater Critters
Crater Critters

Fisher Price Little People
Fisher Price Little People

The Hula Hoop
The Hula Hoop

Metal House robots
Metal House robots

The Frisbee
The Frisbee

Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

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 you should check out January 26th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 26th.

Ellen DeGeneres

Television host.
Born on January 26th, 1958
She turned 3 on this day in 1961.

Jose Mourinho

Soccer manager.
Born on January 26th, 1963
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Brendan Rodgers

Soccer manager.
Born on January 26th, 1973
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Sasha Banks

Wrestler.
Born on January 26th, 1992
She was born exactly 31 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 26th of January.

  • Australia Day
USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on January 26th, 1961.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 26th, 1961.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 26th, 1961 was most likely conceived around May 5th, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 26th, 1961 is close to October 19th, 1961.

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Stats for January 26th, 1961

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 26th, 1961.

  • A total of 22,527 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,218 weeks have passed.
  • 1,946,329,200 seconds have passed since the January 26th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,270,717,400 times.
  • Since January 26th, 1961, the Earth has travelled approximately 1,004,305,867,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 324,388,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 167,384,311 steps. That's about 74,393 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,355,950 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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