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September 18th, 1961.

September 18th, 1961, was a Monday. It was day 261 of 1961. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

60 years, 9 months and 13 days have passed since September 18th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

On This Day

What happened on this date?

Notable events that occurred on September 18th, 1961.

  • UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld is killed in an air crash in Northern Rhodesia.
Birthdays

Born on September 18th, 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 September 18th, 1961.

  • United States: Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
  • United Kingdom: Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Shirley Bassey

The Billboard Hot 100 on September 18th, 1961.

A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.

  • Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
  • Michael - The Highwaymen
  • My True Story - The Jive Five With Joe Rene And Orchestra
  • (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley
  • Crying - Roy Orbison
Play the top hits 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.
Come September

Top movie.

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

Take me back to September 18th, 1961!

Let's take a walk down memory lane.

The date is September 18th, 1961, and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Schools and colleges are starting again and Autumn has officially arrived. As a result, temperatures are beginning to cool and trees are starting to shed their leaves.

The earthy smells of fall have started to fill the air. In America, the song Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain by Shirley Bassey is the number one hit song.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Come September 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 Ed Sullivan Show", "Perry Mason", "Danger Man" and "Route 66". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "Heckle and Jeckle", "Snooper and Blabber" and "The Yogi Bear Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, Wooly Willy, Metal House robots and Tonka trucks.

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 September 18th, 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.

  • 60 years, 9 months and 13 days have passed since September 18th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 38 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on September 18th, 1961 will be 60 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that happened close to September 18th, 1961.

  • August 21st, 1961: The song "Please Mr. Postman" is released by The Marvelettes.
  • August 21st, 1961: Western musician and TV personality Spade Cooley is found guilty of the murder of his wife Ella Mae.
  • August 22nd, 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.
  • August 31st, 1961: Ann Marie Burr (8) goes missing from her home in Tacoma, Washington.
  • September 10th, 1961: 15 people are killed when German F1 driver Wolfgang von Trips crashes into a stand in Monza, Italy.
  • This date: September 18th, 1961
  • September 28th, 1961: The first episode of the sitcom "Hazel", starring Shirley Booth, is aired on TV.
  • September 28th, 1961: The United Arab Republic breaks up after disgruntled Syrian Army officers stage a coup.
  • October 1st, 1961: Elvis Presley releases his song "Can't Help Falling in Love".
  • October 9th, 1961: Baseball: The New York Yankees defeat the Cincinnati Reds by 4-1 to win the 1961 World Series.
  • October 11th, 1961: The Biblical film "King of Kings" is released in movie theaters.
  • October 12th, 1961: New Zealand abolishes the death penalty.
  • October 18th, 1961: The musical film "West Side Story" is released.
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 September 18th, 1961, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: September 18th, 1961 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on September 18th, 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 September, 1961.

TV shows from September, 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 September 18th, 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 September 18th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on September 18th.

John McAfee

Computer programmer. Deceased
Born on September 18th, 1945
He turned 16 on this day in 1961.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress.
Born on September 18th, 1971
She was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Xzibit

Rapper / Television host.
Born on September 18th, 1974
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Ronaldo

Brazilian soccer player.
Born on September 18th, 1976
He was born exactly 15 years after this date.

Christian Pulisic

Soccer player.
Born on September 18th, 1998
He was born exactly 37 years after this date.

USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on September 18th, 1961.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on September 18th, 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 September 18th, 1961 was most likely conceived around December 26th, 1960.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 18th, 1961 is close to June 11th, 1962.

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Stats for September 18th, 1961

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about September 18th, 1961.

  • A total of 22,201 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,171 weeks have passed.
  • 1,918,166,400 seconds have passed since the September 18th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,237,860,800 times.
  • Since September 18th, 1961, the Earth has travelled approximately 989,773,862,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 319,694,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 164,962,310 steps. That's about 73,317 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,017,997 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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