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April 3rd, 1961.

April 3rd, 1961, was a Monday. It was day 93 of 1961. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

61 years, 2 months and 26 days have passed since April 3rd, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

On this day.

What happened on April 3rd, 1961?

  • Western musician and TV personality Spade Cooley murders his wife Ella Mae.
Birthdays

Born on April 3rd, 1961.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 3rd, 1961.

  • United States: Blue Moon - The Marcels
  • United Kingdom: Wooden Heart - Elvis Presley

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 3rd, 1961.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Blue Moon - The Marcels
  • Apache - Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
  • Surrender - Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires
  • Pony Time - Chubby Checker
  • Dedicated To The One I Love - The Shirelles
Play the top singles from the year 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 April 3rd, 1961.

Take me back to April 3rd, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is April 3rd, 1961, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. The summer of 1961 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise.

In America, the song Blue Moon by The Marcels is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Wooden Heart 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. 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 "The Danny Thomas Show", "Tonight Starring Jack Paar", "Have Gun - Will Travel" and "Bonanza".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Leave It to Beaver", "Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy" and "The Dick Tracy Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, Crater Critters, Troll doll and Ken (doll).

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 April 3rd, 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, 2 months and 26 days have passed since April 3rd, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 14 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 3rd, 1961, will be 61 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around April 3rd, 1961.

  • 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.
  • This date: April 3rd, 1961
  • April 8th, 1961: 238 people are killed when British passenger ship Dara sinks off the coast of Dubai.
  • April 11th, 1961: The trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann begins in Israel.
  • April 12th, 1961: Russia's Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to journey into outer space.
  • April 13th, 1961: A coup d'état against Portuguese prime minister António de Oliveira Salazar fails.
  • April 16th, 1961: Cuban leader Fidel Castro announces that the country will be adopting Communism.
  • April 17th, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion occurs when a CIA-sponsored paramilitary group attempts to invade Cuba.
  • April 18th, 1961: Newspapers report that American actor Gary Cooper is dying from cancer.
  • April 19th, 1961: The comedy-drama film "La Dolce Vita" hits the big screen.
  • April 20th, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba fails.
  • April 23rd, 1961: American actress and singer Judy Garland performs at a comeback concert in Carnegie Hall.
  • April 24th, 1961: Ben E. King releases his song "Stand by Me".
  • April 26th, 1961: Western musician and TV personality Spade Cooley is indicted for the murder of his wife Ella Mae Evans.
  • April 30th, 1961: The song "Tossin' and Turnin'" is released by Bobby Lewis.
  • May 1st, 1961: Fidel Castro proclaims Cuba as a socialist state and bans all elections.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 3rd, 1961, will have the star sign Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 3rd, 1961 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on April 3rd, 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 April, 1961.

TV shows from April, 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 April 3rd, 1961.

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

Davey and Goliath
Davey and Goliath

The Yogi Bear Show
The Yogi Bear Show

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.

Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)

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 April 3rd, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on April 3rd.

Marlon Brando

Actor. Deceased
Born on April 3rd, 1924
He turned 37 on this day in 1961.

Alec Baldwin

Actor.
Born on April 3rd, 1958
He turned 3 on this day in 1961.

Nigel Farage

British politician.
Born on April 3rd, 1964
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Amanda Bynes

Actress.
Born on April 3rd, 1986
She was born exactly 25 years after this date.

USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on April 3rd, 1961.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 3rd, 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 April 3rd, 1961 was most likely conceived around July 11th, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 3rd, 1961 is close to December 25th, 1961.

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Stats for April 3rd, 1961

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about April 3rd, 1961.

  • A total of 22,367 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,195 weeks have passed.
  • 1,932,508,800 seconds have passed since the April 3rd, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,254,593,600 times.
  • Since April 3rd, 1961, the Earth has travelled approximately 997,174,540,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 322,084,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 166,195,757 steps. That's about 73,865 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,190,106 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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