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July 15th, 1961.

July 15th, 1961, was a Saturday. It was day 196 of 1961. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

61 years and 27 days have passed since July 15th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Cancer.

Birthdays

Born on July 15th, 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 July 15th, 1961.

  • United States: Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • United Kingdom: Runaway - Del Shannon

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 15th, 1961.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
  • Quarter To Three - U.S. Bonds
  • Raindrops - Dee Clark
  • Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group
Play the top singles from the year 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.
Fanny

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Fanny" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.

Take me back to July 15th, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is July 15th, 1961, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Cancer. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

It's summer, so the temperatures are warmer and the evenings are longer than usual. In America, the song Tossin' And Turnin' by Bobby Lewis is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Runaway by Del Shannon is the number one hit song.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Fanny 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Marilyn Monroe would be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Jack Benny Program", "Wagon Train", "Bonanza" and "Danger Man". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Lassie", "My Three Sons", "The Flintstones" and "The Bugs Bunny Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Crater Critters, Barbie, Matchbox toy cars and Ken (doll).

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on July 15th, 1961.

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

    The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    During this time, the United States was slowly escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War. In May of 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 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 begin to appear at the end of 1963, they were relatively uncommon.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 61 years and 27 days have passed since July 15th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 28 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on July 15th, 1961 will be 61 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around July 15th, 1961.

  • June 16th, 1961: Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev requests asylum in France.
  • June 18th, 1961: The final episode of the Western drama series "Gunsmoke" is aired on radio.
  • June 21st, 1961: Walt Disney's romantic comedy film "The Parent Trap" is released in movie theaters.
  • June 22nd, 1961: The war film "The Guns of Navarone" is released in movie theaters.
  • July 2nd, 1961: American novelist Ernest Hemingway commits suicide at the age of 61.
  • July 8th, 1961: 108 people are killed by a mine explosion in Czechoslovakia.
  • July 12th, 1961: 72 people lose their lives after ČSA Flight 511 crashes near Casablanca-Anfa Airport in Morocco.
  • This date: July 15th, 1961
  • July 19th, 1961: Bizerte crisis: Tunisia attempts to force an evacuation of the French naval base at Bizerte by imposing a blockade on it.
  • July 23rd, 1961: French forces retake the port town of Bizerte following a blockade by Tunisian forces.
  • August 9th, 1961: The romantic comedy film "Come September" starts showing at movie theaters.
  • August 13th, 1961: Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

NEW! Check out our personality summary image for this birth date.

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 15th, 1961, will have the star sign Cancer.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • 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: July 15th, 1961 falls under the Woodpecker.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on July 15th, 1961.

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Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in July, 1961.

TV shows from July, 1961.

Route 66
Route 66
Adventure crime drama.

The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.

Danger Man
Danger Man
British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.

The Untouchables
The Untouchables
American crime drama.

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
TV series about disturbing or unusual events.

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
American sitcom about a teenager who strives for beautiful women, fancy cars and money.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Rawhide
Rawhide
American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.

77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Private detective drama series.

Maverick
Maverick
American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.

Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Legal drama series.

Wagon Train
Wagon Train
American western series.

Have Gun - Will Travel
Have Gun - Will Travel
American western series.

Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

The Danny Thomas Show
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.

The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.

What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Panel game show.

The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show
Variety show.

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

Kids' TV shows on July 15th, 1961.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1961.

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

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy

Snooper and Blabber
Snooper and Blabber

Noggin the Nog
Noggin the Nog

Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks

Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown

The Rifleman
The Rifleman

The Huckleberry Hound Show
The Huckleberry Hound Show

The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole

Leave It to Beaver
Leave It to Beaver

Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash

Heckle and Jeckle
Heckle and Jeckle

The Gumby Show
The Gumby Show

Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Mighty Mouse Playhouse

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1961.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1961.

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

The Frisbee
The Frisbee

Wooly Willy
Wooly Willy

BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball

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 you should check out July 15th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on July 15th.

Rembrandt

Dutch artist. Deceased
Born on July 15th, 1606
He was not alive on this date.

Ian Curtis

English singer. Deceased
Born on July 15th, 1956
He turned 5 on this day in 1961.

Adam Savage

Television host.
Born on July 15th, 1967
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Eddie Griffin

Actor / Comedian.
Born on July 15th, 1968
He was born exactly 7 years after this date.

USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on July 15th, 1961.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on July 15th, 1961.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on July 15th, 1961 was most likely conceived around October 22nd, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 15th, 1961 is close to April 7th, 1962.

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Stats for July 15th, 1961

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about July 15th, 1961.

  • A total of 22,307 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,186 weeks have passed.
  • 1,927,324,800 seconds have passed since the July 15th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,248,545,600 times.
  • Since July 15th, 1961, the Earth has travelled approximately 994,499,596,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 321,220,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 165,749,933 steps. That's about 73,667 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,127,898 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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