August 31st, 1961

August 31st, 1961, fell on a Thursday. It was day 243 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

59 years, 3 months and 5 days have passed since August 31st, 1961.


On This Date

Events that occurred on August 31st, 1961:

  • Ann Marie Burr (8) goes missing from her home in Tacoma, Washington.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1961:

  • United States: Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell
  • United Kingdom: Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton

Take Me Back!

The date is August 31st, 1961 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. The summer of 1961 is coming to an end and fall is just around the corner.

In America, the song Wooden Heart by Joe Dowell is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton 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.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Rawhide", "Bonanza", "The Twilight Zone" and "The Untouchables". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends", "Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse", "The Bugs Bunny Show" and "Davey and Goliath".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Crater Critters", "Troll doll", "Astrobase" and "Ken (doll)".


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 August 31st, 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 59 years, 3 months and 5 days have passed since August 31st, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 35 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on August 31st, 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 August 31st, 1961:


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on August 31st, 1961, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Leo.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: August 31st, 1961 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of August will have the birthstone Peridot.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.

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 31st of August:


US President

Who was the US President on August 31st, 1961?

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on August 31st, 1961?

  • Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on August 31st, 1961 was probably conceived around the 21st of November, 1960. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on August 31st, 1961 is the 10th of June, 1962. (Rough Estimate).

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about August 31st, 1961.

  • 21,646 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,870,218,000 seconds have passed since the August 31st, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,181,921,000 times.
  • Since August 31st, 1961, earth has travelled approximately 965,032,488,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 311,703,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,838,748 steps. That's about 71,484 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,442,616 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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