October 12th, 1961

October 12th, 1961, fell on a Thursday. Day 285 of 1961. Decade: 1960s.

58 years, 7 months and 26 days have passed since October 12th, 1961.


On This Date

Events that occurred on October 12th, 1961:

  • New Zealand abolishes the death penalty.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 12th, 1961:

  • United States: Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
  • United Kingdom: Michael - Highwaymen

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 October 12th, 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.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 58 years, 7 months and 26 days have passed since October 12th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 41 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on October 12th, 1961, will be 58 years of age.
  • People born in 1961 belong to the "Baby Boomer" generation.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 12th, 1961:

  • October 30th, 1961: Tsar Bomba: The Soviet Union detonates a 58-megaton hydrogen bomb over Novaya Zemlya.
  • November 8th, 1961: 77 people are killed when mperial Airlines Flight 201/8 crashes in Richmond, Virginia.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 12th, 1961, will have the star sign Libra.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 12th, 1961 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.

1961 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing on this date in 1961.

"Top Cat" - "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 12th of October:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on October 12th, 1961.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on October 12th, 1961 was probably conceived around the 2nd of January, 1961. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 12th, 1961 is the 22nd of July, 1962. (Rough Estimate).

12th of October

Events that have occurred on the 12th of October:

  • October 12th, 1492: Christopher Columbus discovers The Americas.
  • October 12th, 1964: American socialite Mary Pinchot Meyer is murdered in Washington D.C.
  • October 12th, 1984: The Brighton hotel bombing occurs when the Provisional IRA attempt to assassinate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
  • October 12th, 1998: American student Matthew Shepard passes away after being tortured and left to die in a field in Wyoming. The case receives widespread media attention as it is considered by many to be a hate crime
  • October 12th, 2000: A suicide attack is launched against the USS Cole. 17 people are killed
  • October 12th, 2002: 202 people are killed on the Indonesian island of Bali when an Islamist group detonates three bombs in the tourist district of Kuta.
  • October 12th, 1985: Musician Ricky Wilson dies from AIDS.
  • October 12th, 1995: Rapper Tupac Shakur is released from prison.
  • October 12th, 2012: The movie Argo (2012) is released.

How old was I?

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 12th, 1961.

  • 21,423 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,850,947,200 seconds have passed since the October 12th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,159,438,400 times.
  • Since October 12th, 1961, earth has travelled approximately 955,088,755,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 308,491,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 159,181,459 steps. That's about 70,747 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,211,366 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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