October 12th, 1961, fell on a Thursday. It was day 285 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.
59 years, 3 months and 9 days have passed since October 12th, 1961.
On This Date
Events that occurred on October 12th, 1961:
New Zealand abolishes the death penalty.
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
Take Me Back!
The date is October 12th, 1961 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.
Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Michael by Highwaymen 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 "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Bonanza", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and "Danger Man".
Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse", "The Dick Tracy Show", "Mister Ed" and "The Yogi Bear Show". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Crater Critters", "Troll doll", "Etch A Sketch" 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 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.
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.
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.
Basic facts and information about this date:
59 years, 3 months and 9 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 59 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.
However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
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.
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.
Maverick - American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
Wagon Train - 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
The Dick Tracy Show
King Leonardo and His Short Subjects
The Bugs Bunny Show
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 Huckleberry Hound Show
Leave It to Beaver
1961 - Toys & Games
Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1961:
Etch A Sketch
Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 12th of October:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States.
UK Prime Minister
Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 12th, 1961?
Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?
Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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).
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Time Difference & Statistics
Here are some fun statistics about October 12th, 1961.
21,651 days have passed since this date.
1,870,650,000 seconds have passed since the October 12th, 1961.
If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,182,425,000 times.
Since October 12th, 1961, earth has travelled approximately 965,255,400,000 miles through space.
If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 311,775,000 times.
If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 160,875,900 steps. That's about 71,500 miles!
Since this date, 22,447,800 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!
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