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May 6th, 1961.

May 6th, 1961, was a Saturday. It was day 126 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

60 years, 2 months and 17 days have passed since May 6th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

On this day.

What happened on May 6th, 1961?

  • FA Cup Final 1961: Tottenham Hotspur defeat Leicester City 2-0.

Born on May 6th, 1961.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 6th, 1961.

  • United States: Runaway - Del Shannon
  • United Kingdom: Wooden Heart - 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.
The Absent-Minded Professor

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Absent-Minded Professor" was at the top of the box office on May 6th, 1961.

Take me back to May 6th, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 6th, 1961 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

The summer of 1961 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual. In America, the song Runaway by Del Shannon 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 The Absent-Minded Professor 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 "The Ed Sullivan Show", "You Bet Your Life", "Tonight Starring Jack Paar" and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Heckle and Jeckle", "My Three Sons" and "The Dick Tracy Show". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of 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 May 6th, 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.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 60 years, 2 months and 17 days have passed since May 6th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 6th, 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 May 6th, 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 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.
  • May 5th, 1961: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space.
  • This date: May 6th, 1961
  • May 11th, 1961: US President John F. Kennedy orders helicopters and 400 Green Berets into South Vietnam.
  • May 13th, 1961: American actor Gary Cooper dies from cancer at the age of 60.
  • May 21st, 1961: Martial law is imposed in Montgomery, Alabama, following racial violence between whites and blacks.
  • May 25th, 1961: US President John F. Kennedy announces that the United States plans to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.
  • May 31st, 1961: Football: Portuguese side Benfica win the European Cup after they defeat Barcelona 3-2 at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Germany.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 6th, 1961, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 6th, 1961 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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 May 6th, 1961.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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
  • 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.

  • Ken (doll)
  • 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 May 6th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on May 6th.

Sigmund Freud

Father of psychoanalysis. Deceased
Born on May 6th, 1856
He was not alive on this date.

Tony Blair

British Prime Minister.
Born on May 6th, 1953
He turned 8 on this day in 1961.

Dani Alves

Brazilian soccer player.
Born on May 6th, 1983
He was born exactly 22 years after this date.

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on May 6th, 1961.

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 6th, 1961.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 6th, 1961.

  • A total of 21,993 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,141 weeks have passed.
  • 1,900,195,200 seconds have passed since the May 6th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,216,894,400 times.
  • Since May 6th, 1961, the earth has travelled approximately 980,500,723,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 316,699,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 163,416,787 steps. That's about 72,630 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,802,342 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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