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November 9th, 1961.

November 9th, 1961, was a Thursday. It was day 313 of 1961. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.

61 years and 21 days have passed since November 9th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Scorpio.

Birthdays

Born on November 9th, 1961.

People who were born on this exact date.

Song charts

Music charts.

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 9th, 1961.

  • United States: Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
  • United Kingdom: Little Sister / His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley

The Billboard Hot 100 on November 9th, 1961.

These were the top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
  • Runaround Sue - Dion
  • Bristol Stomp - The Dovells
  • Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles and his Orchestra
  • Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
Play the top singles from the year 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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was at the top of the Box Office on November 9th, 1961.

Take me back to November 9th, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is November 9th, 1961, and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. It's November, so the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder.

In America, the song Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Little Sister / His Latest Flame by Elvis Presley is the number one hit song. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States, and the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's 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 "Bonanza", "The Twilight Zone", "Danger Man" and "Route 66".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "Captain Pugwash", "The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole" and "The Flintstones". 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 the Hula Hoop.

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 November 9th, 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.

  • 61 years and 21 days have passed since November 9th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 45 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was not a leap year.
  • Age: A person born on November 9th, 1961 will be 61 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around November 9th, 1961.

  • 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.
  • 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 Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 crashes in Richmond, Virginia.
  • This date: November 9th, 1961
  • November 17th, 1961: The song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is released by doo-wop group the Tokens.
  • November 22nd, 1961: The film "Blue Hawaii", starring Elvis Presley and Joan Blackman, is released in movie theaters.
  • December 2nd, 1961: Fidel Castro announces that Cuba will be adopting Communism.
  • December 4th, 1961: Boxing: Floyd Patterson retains the heavyweight championship after he knocks out Tom McNeeley in the 4th round.
  • December 6th, 1961: The historical film "El Cid" is released.
  • December 9th, 1961: Domino's Pizza is founded in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on November 9th, 1961, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: November 9th, 1961 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of November will have the birthstones Topaz and Citrine.
  • Birth flower (November): The Chrysanthemum.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on November 9th, 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 November, 1961.

TV shows from November, 1961.

Hazel
Hazel
Sitcom about a live-in maid called Hazel Burke.

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 November 9th, 1961.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1961.

Top Cat
Top Cat

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

Noggin the Nog
Noggin the Nog

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 November 9th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on November 9th.

Carl Sagan

Scientist. Deceased
Born on November 9th, 1934
He turned 27 on this day in 1961.

Lou Ferrigno

Actor.
Born on November 9th, 1951
He turned 10 on this day in 1961.

Chris Jericho

Wrestler.
Born on November 9th, 1970
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Nick Lachey

Singer.
Born on November 9th, 1973
He was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Alessandro Del Piero

Soccer player.
Born on November 9th, 1974
He was born exactly 13 years after this date.

Caroline Flack

English TV presenter. Deceased
Born on November 9th, 1979
She was born exactly 18 years after this date.

USA

US President.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on November 9th, 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 November 9th, 1961 was most likely conceived around February 16th, 1961.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on November 9th, 1961 is close to August 2nd, 1962.

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Stats for November 9th, 1961

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about November 9th, 1961.

  • A total of 22,301 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,185 weeks have passed.
  • 1,926,806,400 seconds have passed since the November 9th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,247,940,800 times.
  • Since November 9th, 1961, the Earth has travelled approximately 994,232,102,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 321,134,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 165,705,350 steps. That's about 73,647 miles!
  • Since this date, 23,121,677 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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