April 17th, 1961

April 17th, 1961, fell on a Monday. It was day 107 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

59 years, 3 months and 21 days have passed since April 17th, 1961.


On This Date

Events that occurred on April 17th, 1961:

  • The Bay of Pigs Invasion occurs when a CIA-sponsored paramilitary group attempts to invade Cuba.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 17th, 1961:

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

Take Me Back!

The date is April 17th, 1961 and it's a Monday. The summer of 1961 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise. In America, the song Blue Moon by 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. 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.

People are watching popular TV shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Wagon Train", "Rawhide" and "Danger Man". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Leave It to Beaver", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and "The Flintstones". 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 throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on April 17th, 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:

  • 59 years, 3 months and 21 days have passed since April 17th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 16 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on April 17th, 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 17th, 1961:

  • April 8th, 1961: 238 people are killed when British passenger ship Dara sinks off the coast of Dubai.
  • April 12th, 1961: Russia's Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to journey into outer space.
  • 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 17th, 1961, will have the star sign Aries.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: April 17th, 1961 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.

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 17th 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 17th, 1961.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on April 17th, 1961 was probably conceived around the 8th of July, 1960. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 17th, 1961 is the 25th of January, 1962. (Rough Estimate).

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about April 17th, 1961.

  • 21,663 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,871,683,200 seconds have passed since the April 17th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,183,630,400 times.
  • Since April 17th, 1961, earth has travelled approximately 965,788,531,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 311,947,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,964,755 steps. That's about 71,540 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,460,198 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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