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July 23, 1961

July 23, 1961, was a Sunday. It was 62 years, 8 months, and 23 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Leo.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on July 23, 1961:

  • French forces retake the port town of Bizerte following a blockade by Tunisian forces.
Birthdays

Born on July 23, 1961

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On July 23, 1961, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "Tossin' And Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis
  • United Kingdom: "Temptation" by The Everly Brothers

The Billboard Hot 100 on July 23, 1961

These songs were dominating the music charts:

  • Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  • The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton
  • Quarter To Three - U.S. Bonds
  • Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group
  • I Like It Like That, Part 1 - Chris Kenner
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.
Fanny

Top movie

The top movie on this day was "Fanny".

Facts

This date occurred 22,912 days ago. Approximately 764 months have passed. It was the 204th day of 1961, in week 29. The decade was the swinging sixties. People who were born on July 23, 1961, are now 62 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. 255 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to July 23, 1961

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is July 23, 1961, and it's a Sunday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Leo. People are currently enjoying their weekend. However, because it's a Sunday, some are dreading the week ahead.

The summer of 1961 is in full swing. The weather is warm, and the evenings are brighter than usual. Most schools and colleges are now finished until August or September. In America, the song "Tossin' And Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis is at the top of the singles charts, while "Temptation" by The Everly Brothers is the number-one song in the UK. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the President of the United States, and the movie Fanny 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 "Tonight Starring Jack Paar", "Wagon Train", "Perry Mason", and "Maverick". 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 Ernie Kovacs and Marilyn Monroe would be still alive.

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown", "Noggin the Nog", "My Three Sons", and "The Yogi Bear Show". Children are playing with toys such as Wooly Willy, Metal House robots, Crater Critters, and Playpal dolls.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on July 23, 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 July 23, 1961.

  • July 2, 1961: American novelist Ernest Hemingway commits suicide at the age of 61.
  • July 8, 1961: 108 people are killed by a mine explosion in Czechoslovakia.
  • July 12, 1961: 72 people lose their lives after ČSA Flight 511 crashes near Casablanca-Anfa Airport in Morocco.
  • July 19, 1961: Bizerte crisis: Tunisia attempts to force an evacuation of the French naval base at Bizerte by imposing a blockade on it.
  • This date: July 23, 1961
  • August 9, 1961: The romantic comedy film "Come September" starts showing at movie theaters.
  • August 13, 1961: Construction of the Berlin Wall begins.
  • August 16, 1961: Roy Orbison releases his song "Crying".
  • August 21, 1961:
    • The song "Please Mr. Postman" is released by The Marvelettes.
    • Western musician and TV personality Spade Cooley is found guilty of the murder of his wife Ella Mae.
  • August 22, 1961: German nurse Ida Siekmann becomes the first person to die at the Berlin Wall after she attempts to jump from her apartment building and flee to West Berlin.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on July 23, 1961, will have the star sign Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 2.
  • Native American Zodiac: July 23, 1961 falls under the Salmon.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of July will have the birthstone Ruby.
  • Birth flower (July): The Larkspur and the Water Lily.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in July 1961

In July 1961, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from July 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 July 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

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

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 July 23, 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 July 23, 1967, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on July 23.

Slash

Slash

Musician
Born on July 23, 1965
He was born exactly 4 years after this date.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor Deceased
Born on July 23, 1967
He was born exactly 6 years after this date.

Tenitra Michelle Williams

Tenitra Michelle Williams

Singer
Born on July 23, 1979
She was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

English actor
Born on July 23, 1989
He was born exactly 28 years after this date.

David Dobrik

David Dobrik

Internet personality
Born on July 23, 1996
He was born exactly 35 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on July 23:

USA

US President

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on July 23, 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 July 23, 1961 was most likely conceived around October 30, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on July 23, 1961 is close to April 15, 1962.

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Stats for July 23, 1961

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about July 23, 1961:

  • 22,912 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,273 weeks have passed.
  • 1,979,596,800 seconds have passed since July 23, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,309,529,600 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,021,471,948,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 329,932,800 times.
  • You have taken approximately 170,245,325 steps. That's roughly 75,665 miles.
  • 23,755,162 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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