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May 17, 1961

May 17, 1961, was a Wednesday. It was 63 years, 1 month, and 8 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.

Birthdays

Born on May 17, 1961

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Top songs

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 17, 1961:

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

The Billboard Hot 100 on May 17, 1961

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Runaway - Del Shannon
  • Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
  • A Hundred Pounds Of Clay - Gene McDaniels
  • I've Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott
  • Daddy's Home - Shep And The Limelites
Play the top singles 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

The movie "The Absent-Minded Professor" was at the top of the box office on this day.

Facts

This date occurred 23,050 days ago. Approximately 768 months have passed. It was the 137th day of 1961, in week 20. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on May 17, 1961, are now 63 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. We have gone through approximately 256 seasons of weather since this date.

Take me back to May 17, 1961

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is May 17, 1961, and it's a Wednesday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Taurus. It is "Hump Day", so many are beginning to think about the weekend ahead.

The summer of 1961 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up, and the evenings are brighter than usual. The school year is nearly finished. In America, the song "Runaway" by Del Shannon is at the top of the singles charts, while "On The Rebound" by Floyd Cramer is the number-one song in the UK. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the President of the United States, and the movie The Absent-Minded Professor is at the top of the box office.

Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Maverick", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", and "The Twilight Zone". 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Ernest Hemingway, Ernie Kovacs, and Marilyn Monroe would all still be alive.

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown", "Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks", and "Dennis the Menace". Children are playing with toys such as the Frisbee, Crater Critters, Troll doll, and Etch A Sketch.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 17, 1961.

  • The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War

    The United States was slowly escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy ordered helicopters and 400 Green Berets into South Vietnam. Covert operations against the communist forces in the north were also authorized. By 1963, the number of US military personnel in the country had grown to 10,000.
  • 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?

    Who were the best football players?

    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 Time Person of the Year in 1961.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    Rotary phones were still the most common type of landline phone. Although push-button telephones did begin to appear at the end of 1963, they were relatively uncommon.
  • Tailfins on cars.

    Tailfins on cars

    Tailfins on cars were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

Personality traits

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Events

What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around May 17, 1961.

  • April 17, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion occurs when a CIA-sponsored paramilitary group attempts to invade Cuba.
  • April 18, 1961: Newspapers report that American actor Gary Cooper is dying from cancer.
  • April 19, 1961: The comedy-drama film "La Dolce Vita" hits the big screen.
  • April 20, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba fails.
  • April 23, 1961: American actress and singer Judy Garland performs at a comeback concert in Carnegie Hall.
  • April 24, 1961: Ben E. King releases his song "Stand by Me".
  • April 26, 1961: Western musician and TV personality Spade Cooley is indicted for the murder of his wife Ella Mae Evans.
  • April 30, 1961: The song "Tossin' and Turnin'" is released by Bobby Lewis.
  • May 1, 1961: Fidel Castro proclaims Cuba as a socialist state and bans all elections.
  • May 5, 1961: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into space.
  • May 6, 1961: FA Cup Final 1961: Tottenham Hotspur defeat Leicester City 2-0.
  • May 10, 1961: 78 people die after a bomb explodes on Air France Flight 406.
  • May 11, 1961: US President John F. Kennedy orders helicopters and 400 Green Berets into South Vietnam.
  • May 13, 1961: American actor Gary Cooper dies from cancer at the age of 60.
  • This date: May 17, 1961
  • May 21, 1961: Martial law is imposed in Montgomery, Alabama, following racial violence between whites and blacks.
  • May 25, 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 30, 1961:
    • Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo is assassinated during an ambush outside of Santo Domingo.
    • 61 people lose their lives after Viasa Flight 897 crashes off the coast of Portugal.
  • May 31, 1961: Football: Portuguese side Benfica win the European Cup after they defeat Barcelona 3-2 at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Germany.
  • June 8, 1961: Marvin Gaye releases his debut studio album.
  • June 16, 1961: Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requests asylum in France.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 17, 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 17, 1961 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV series on May 17, 1961

People in May 1961 were watching the following TV series:

TV shows from May 1961.

Route 66
Route 66
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Danger Man
Danger Man
The Untouchables
The Untouchables
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Bonanza
Bonanza
Rawhide
Rawhide
77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Maverick
Maverick
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Wagon Train
Wagon Train

Cars in 1961

1961 saw the introduction of cars such as the BMW New Class, the Dodge Lancer, the Toyota Publica, the Ford Thunderbird (third generation), the MG Midget, and the Volvo P1800.

Cars in 1961.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in May 1961

Children and teenagers were watching the following cartoons and TV series:

Davey and Goliath
Davey and Goliath
The Yogi Bear Show
The Yogi Bear Show
Mister Ed
Mister Ed

The Dick Tracy Show
The Dick Tracy Show
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Flintstones
The Flintstones
My Three Sons
My Three Sons
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
Toys

Toys in 1961

Children were playing with the following toys and games:

Ken (doll)
Ken (doll)
Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch
Astrobase
Astrobase
Troll doll
Troll doll
Tonka trucks
Tonka trucks
Matchbox toy cars
Matchbox toy cars
Barbie
Barbie
Playpal dolls
Playpal dolls
Crater Critters
Crater Critters
Fisher Price Little People
Fisher Price Little People
The Hula Hoop
The Hula Hoop
Metal House robots
Metal House robots

Were you born on May 17, 1961?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out May 17, 1967, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 17.

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper

Actor Deceased
Born on May 17, 1936
He turned 25 on this day in 1961.

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton

Actor Deceased
Born on May 17, 1955
He turned 6 on this day in 1961.

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Comedian / Actor Deceased
Born on May 17, 1956
He turned 5 on this day in 1961.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxer
Born on May 17, 1956
He turned 5 on this day in 1961.

Tahj Mowry

Tahj Mowry

Actor
Born on May 17, 1986
He was born exactly 25 years after this date.

Charlotte Crosby

Charlotte Crosby

English TV personality
Born on May 17, 1990
She was born exactly 29 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on May 17:

USA

US President

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

UK

UK Prime Minister

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 17, 1961 was most likely conceived around August 24, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 17, 1961 is close to February 7, 1962.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about May 17, 1961:

  • 23,050 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,292 weeks have passed.
  • 1,991,520,000 seconds have passed since May 17, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,323,440,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,027,624,320,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 331,920,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 171,270,720 steps. That's roughly 76,120 miles.
  • 23,898,240 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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