April 8th, 1961

April 8th, 1961, fell on a Saturday. Day 98 of 1961. Decade: 1960s.

59 years, 1 months and 28 days have passed since April 8th, 1961.


On This Date

Events that occurred on April 8th, 1961:

  • 238 people are killed when British passenger ship Dara sinks off the coast of Dubai.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 8th, 1961:

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

News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on April 8th, 1961.

  • John F. Kennedy.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Henry Mancini - "Moon River"

    "Moon River" by Henry Mancini would go on to win a Grammy for 1961's Song of the Year.

  • West Side Story

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


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 59 years, 1 months and 28 days have passed since April 8th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 14 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 8th, 1961, will be 59 years of age.
  • People born in 1961 belong to the "Baby Boomer" generation.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around April 8th, 1961:

  • 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.
  • April 12th, 1961: Russia's Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to journey into outer space.
  • April 17th, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion occurs when a CIA-sponsored paramilitary group attempts to invade Cuba.
  • May 6th, 1961: FA Cup Final 1961: Tottenham Hotspur defeat Leicester City 2-0.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 8th, 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).
  • Native American Zodiac: April 8th, 1961 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.

1961 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1961.

"Davey and Goliath" - "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" - "Captain Kangaroo" - "Lassie" - "Looney Tunes"


1961 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1961:

  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Astrobase
  • Troll doll
  • Crater Critters

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 8th of April:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on April 8th, 1961.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on April 8th, 1961 was probably conceived around the 29th of June, 1960. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 8th, 1961 is the 16th of January, 1962. (Rough Estimate).

8th of April

Events that have occurred on the 8th of April:

  • April 8th, 1994: Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain is found dead at his home in Lake Washington, Seattle.
  • April 8th, 2013: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes away.
  • April 8th, 1979: The last episode of "All in the Family" is aired.
  • April 8th, 1990: 18-year-old Ryan White dies from AIDS after having contracted the virus from contaminated blood during a treatment in 1984.
  • April 8th, 1999: The Matrix (1999) is released in movie theaters.
  • April 8th, 2005: The funeral of Pope John Paul II takes place.
  • April 8th, 2008: Lady Gaga releases her single "Just Dance".

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about April 8th, 1961.

  • 21,609 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,867,017,600 seconds have passed since the April 8th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,178,187,200 times.
  • Since April 8th, 1961, earth has travelled approximately 963,381,081,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 311,169,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,563,514 steps. That's about 71,362 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,404,211 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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