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February 15th, 1961.

February 15th, 1961, was a Wednesday. It was day 46 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

60 years, 5 months and 16 days have passed since February 15th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On this day.

What happened on February 15th, 1961?

  • The entire United States figure skating team is killed after their Sabena Boeing 707 crashes in Belgium.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on February 15th, 1961.

  • United States: Calcutta - Lawrence Welk
  • United Kingdom: Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
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.
Exodus

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Exodus" was at the top of the box office on February 15th, 1961.

Take me back to February 15th, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is February 15th, 1961 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Valentine's Day of 1961 has just passed.

In America, the song Calcutta by Lawrence Welk 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 Exodus 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Perry Mason", "Bonanza", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and "Route 66". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Tom and Jerry", "Lassie", "Heckle and Jeckle" and "Leave It to Beaver".

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 February 15th, 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, 5 months and 16 days have passed since February 15th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 07 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on February 15th, 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 February 15th, 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.
  • This date: February 15th, 1961
  • February 18th, 1961: Del Shannon releases his song "Crying".
  • February 25th, 1961: The Sydney tramway network operates for the last time.
  • March 9th, 1961: The Soviet spacecraft Korabl-Sputnik 4 is successfully launched, carrying a dog named Chernushka.
  • March 11th, 1961: The Ken doll is introduced as Barbie's boyfriend.
  • March 13th, 1961: The 1961 Kurenivka mudslide kills 145 people in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • March 16th, 1961: The comedy film "The Absent-Minded Professor" is released.
  • March 17th, 1961: Soccer: Don Revie is named as the new manager of Leeds United.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 15th, 1961, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Capricorn.
  • 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 7.
  • Native American Zodiac: February 15th, 1961 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

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.

Kid's TV shows on February 15th, 1961.

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

  • The Yogi Bear Show
  • 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 February 15th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on February 15th.

Galileo Galilei

Scientist. Deceased
Born on February 15th, 1564
He was not alive on this date.

Matt Groening

Cartoonist.
Born on February 15th, 1954
He turned 7 on this day in 1961.

Chris Farley

Actor. Deceased
Born on February 15th, 1964
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Sodapoppin

Twitch streamer.
Born on February 15th, 1994
He was born exactly 33 years after this date.

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on February 15th, 1961.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on February 15th, 1961.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 15th, 1961 was most likely conceived around the 8th of May, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 15th, 1961 is close to the 25th of November, 1961.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about February 15th, 1961.

  • A total of 22,082 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,154 weeks have passed.
  • 1,907,881,200 seconds have passed since the February 15th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,225,861,400 times.
  • Since February 15th, 1961, the earth has travelled approximately 984,466,699,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 317,980,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 164,077,783 steps. That's about 72,923 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,894,574 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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