May 17th, 1961

May 17th, 1961, fell on a Wednesday. Day 137 of 1961. Decade: 1960s.

59 years, 0 months and 21 days have passed since May 17th, 1961.


Born On This Date

People who were born on this exact date:

  • Born on this exact date: Enya: Irish singer.


Music Singles

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

  • United States: Runaway - Del Shannon
  • United Kingdom: On The Rebound - Floyd Cramer

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 May 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, 0 months and 21 days have passed since May 17th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 20 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on May 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 May 17th, 1961:

  • 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.
  • May 31st, 1961: Football: Portuguese side Benfica win the European Cup after they defeat Barcelona 3-2 at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Germany.
  • June 16th, 1961: Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requests asylum in France.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 17th, 1961, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 17th, 1961 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

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 May:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 17th of May:

  • Constitution Day (Norway)

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on May 17th, 1961.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 17th, 1961 was probably conceived around the 7th of August, 1960. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 17th, 1961 is the 24th of February, 1962. (Rough Estimate).

17th of May

Events that have occurred on the 17th of May:

  • May 17th, 1974: 33 people are killed when the UVF detonate four car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan in Ireland.
  • May 17th, 1974: Football: Bayern Munich win the European Cup after defeating Atletico Madrid 4-0.
  • May 17th, 1984: Michael Silka kills nine people during a spree shooting in Manley Hot Springs, Alaska.
  • May 17th, 1990: The World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases.
  • May 17th, 1990: Manchester United win the FA Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
  • May 17th, 1995: A U.S. Army veteran called Shawn Nelson goes on a tank rampage in San Diego, California
  • May 17th, 1997: Football: Manchester United star Eric Cantona announces his retirement.
  • May 17th, 1997: FA Cup Final 1997: Chelsea secure their first major trophy in 26 years after they defeat Middlesbrough 2-0.
  • May 17th, 2000: The last episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210" is aired.
  • May 17th, 2002: 2002 Irish general election: Fianna Fail are returned to power after winning 77 seats.
  • May 17th, 2002: Irish politics: Michael Noonan steps down as leader of Fine Gael.
  • May 17th, 2003: Arsenal win the FA Cup final after defeating Southampton 1-0.
  • May 17th, 2006: The 2006 UEFA Champions League Final is held between Barcelona and Arsenal. Barcelona win 2-1.
  • May 17th, 2008: Portsmouth win the FA Cup final after beating Cardiff City 1-0.
  • May 17th, 2009: The alpha version of Minecraft is released on the PC.
  • May 17th, 2011: The video game "L.A. Noire" is released.
  • May 17th, 2013: It is announced that Jose Mourinho will be leaving Real Madrid.
  • May 17th, 2014: Arsenal win the FA Cup after defeating Hull City 3-2 in Extra Time.
  • May 17th, 2015: Rapper Chinx is shot dead in Queens, New York.

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Time Difference & Statistics

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

  • 21,571 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,863,734,400 seconds have passed since the May 17th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,174,356,800 times.
  • Since May 17th, 1961, earth has travelled approximately 961,686,950,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 310,622,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,281,158 steps. That's about 71,236 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,364,813 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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