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May 17th, 1961.

May 17th, 1961, was a Wednesday. It was day 137 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

59 years, 11 months and 20 days have passed since May 17th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Born on May 17th, 1961.

People who were born on this exact date.

  • Enya: Irish singer.

Music charts.

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

Take me back to May 17th, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 17th, 1961 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. 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, On The Rebound by Floyd Cramer is the number one hit song. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States and Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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 Jack Benny Program", "Gunsmoke", "Wagon Train" and "Maverick". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Lassie", "The Gumby Show", "The Huckleberry Hound Show" and "My Three Sons". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters, Troll doll, Etch A Sketch and Ken (doll).

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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 59 years, 11 months and 20 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.
  • Generation: 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.
  • April 18th, 1961: Newspapers report that American actor Gary Cooper is dying from cancer.
  • April 20th, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba fails.
  • 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.
  • May 6th, 1961: FA Cup Final 1961: Tottenham Hotspur defeat Leicester City 2-0.
  • May 13th, 1961: American actor Gary Cooper dies from cancer at the age of 60.
  • This date: May 17th, 1961
  • 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.
  • June 8th, 1961: Marvin Gaye releases his debut studio album.
  • June 16th, 1961: Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requests asylum in France.

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 17th, 1961, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • Taurus is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • 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 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 17th, 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 17th, 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

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of May.

  • May 17th, 1956: Bob Saget (Comedian / Actor) turned 5 on this day in 1961.
  • May 17th, 1956: Sugar Ray Leonard (Boxer) turned 5 on this day in 1961.
  • May 17th, 1986: Tahj Mowry (Actor) was born exactly 25 years after this date.

Holidays.

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

  • Constitution Day (Norway)

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 17th, 1961.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 21,904 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,129 weeks have passed.
  • 1,892,505,600 seconds have passed since the May 17th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,207,923,200 times.
  • Since May 17th, 1961, the earth has travelled approximately 976,532,889,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 315,417,600 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 162,755,482 steps. That's about 72,336 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,710,067 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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