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April 3, 1961

April 3, 1961, was a Monday. It was 63 years and 13 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on April 3, 1961?

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

Born on April 3, 1961

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 3, 1961:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 3, 1961

These were the top five songs on 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 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 3, 1961.

Facts

This date occurred 23,024 days ago. Approximately 767 months have passed. It was the 93rd day of 1961, in week 14. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on April 3, 1961, are now 63 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. The Earth has experienced 256 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to April 3, 1961

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

The date is April 3, 1961, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The summer of 1961 is drawing closer, and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song "Blue Moon" by The Marcels is at the top of the singles charts, while "Wooden Heart" by Elvis Presley is the number-one song in the UK. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the President of the United States, and the movie Exodus is at the top of the box office.

Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "What's My Line?", "Perry Mason", "Rawhide", and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis". 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, Ernie Kovacs, and Marilyn Monroe would all still be alive.

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "The Gumby Show", "The Flintstones", "Mister Ed", and "The Yogi Bear Show". Children are playing with toys such as the Hula Hoop, Fisher Price Little People, Tonka trucks, and Ken (doll).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on April 3, 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?

    Who were the best football players?

    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 Time Person of the Year in 1961.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    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 were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around April 3, 1961.

  • March 9, 1961: The Soviet spacecraft Korabl-Sputnik 4 is successfully launched, carrying a dog named Chernushka.
  • March 11, 1961: The Ken doll is introduced as Barbie's boyfriend.
  • March 13, 1961: The 1961 Kurenivka mudslide kills 145 people in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • March 16, 1961: The comedy film "The Absent-Minded Professor" is released.
  • March 17, 1961: Soccer: Don Revie is named as the new manager of Leeds United.
  • This date: April 3, 1961
  • April 8, 1961: 238 people are killed when British passenger ship Dara sinks off the coast of Dubai.
  • April 11, 1961: The trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann begins in Israel.
  • April 12, 1961: Russia's Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to journey into outer space.
  • April 13, 1961: A coup d'état against Portuguese prime minister António de Oliveira Salazar fails.
  • April 16, 1961: Cuban leader Fidel Castro announces that the country will be adopting Communism.
  • April 17, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion occurs when a CIA-sponsored paramilitary group attempts to invade Cuba.
  • April 18, 1961: Newspapers report that American actor Gary Cooper is dying from cancer.
  • April 19, 1961: The comedy-drama film "La Dolce Vita" hits the big screen.
  • April 20, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba fails.
  • April 23, 1961: American actress and singer Judy Garland performs at a comeback concert in Carnegie Hall.
  • April 24, 1961: Ben E. King releases his song "Stand by Me".
  • April 26, 1961: Western musician and TV personality Spade Cooley is indicted for the murder of his wife Ella Mae Evans.
  • April 30, 1961: The song "Tossin' and Turnin'" is released by Bobby Lewis.
  • May 1, 1961: Fidel Castro proclaims Cuba as a socialist state and bans all elections.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 3, 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 3, 1961 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in April 1961

Television shows that people were watching in April 1961:

TV shows from April 1961.

Route 66
Route 66
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Danger Man
Danger Man
The Untouchables
The Untouchables
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Bonanza
Bonanza
Rawhide
Rawhide
77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Maverick
Maverick
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Wagon Train
Wagon Train

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

Cartoons and children's TV shows in April 1961

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

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
Toys

Toys in 1961

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

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

Were you born on April 3, 1961?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out April 3, 1967, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

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

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando

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

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

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

Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

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

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Actress
Born on April 3, 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 3, 1961.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 3, 1961 was most likely conceived around July 11, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 3, 1961 is close to December 25, 1961.

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Stats for April 3, 1961

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about April 3, 1961:

  • 23,024 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,289 weeks have passed.
  • 1,989,273,600 seconds have passed since April 3, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,320,819,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,026,465,177,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 331,545,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 171,077,530 steps. That's roughly 76,034 miles.
  • 23,871,283 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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