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December 4, 1961

December 4, 1961, was a Monday. It was 62 years, 7 months, and 19 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On This Day

On this day

What happened on December 4, 1961?

  • Boxing: Floyd Patterson retains the heavyweight championship after he knocks out Tom McNeeley in the 4th round.
Song charts

Music charts

Songs that were on top of the charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 4, 1961:

  • United States: "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean
  • United Kingdom: "Tower Of Strength" by Frankie Vaughan

The Billboard Hot 100 on December 4, 1961

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
  • Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
  • Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
  • Runaround Sue - Dion
  • Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
Play the top songs 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.
The Comancheros

Top movie at the box office

The movie "The Comancheros" was at the top of the box office on December 4, 1961.

Facts

This date was 22,878 days ago. Approximately 763 months have passed. It was the 338th day of 1961, in week 49. The decade was the swinging sixties. There were only 27 days left in the year. People born on this day are currently 62 years old and belong to the Baby Boomer generation. The Earth has experienced 254 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to December 4, 1961

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Monday, December 4, 1961. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. The weekend has just passed, so some people are feeling a bit down. Others are tired after partying too much.

The Christmas season of 1961 has begun. In America, the song "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean is at the top of the singles charts, while "Tower Of Strength" by Frankie Vaughan is the number-one song in the UK. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the President of the United States, and the movie The Comancheros is at the top of the box office.

Harold Macmillan is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 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 Ernie Kovacs and Marilyn Monroe would be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Danny Thomas Show", "Perry Mason", and "Route 66".

Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy", "The Flintstones", and "Top Cat". Popular toys at the moment include Wooly Willy, Metal House robots, Crater Critters, and Tonka trucks.

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on December 4, 1961.

  • Christmas 1961 has begun.

    Christmas 1961 has begun

    The Christmas holiday season of 1961 had just begun. Retailers were starting to play festive music, and decorations were beginning to spring up.
  • The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    The USA is escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War

    The United States was slowly escalating its involvement in the Vietnam War. In May 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?

    Who were the best football players?

    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 Time Person of the Year in 1961.
  • Rotary phones.

    Rotary phones

    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 were a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
  • Greasers.

    Greasers

    A youth subculture called "greasers" emerged during the 1950s and early 1960s. The style included greased-back hairstyles, work pants, and denim or leather jackets.
  • The Jukebox.

    The Jukebox

    The jukebox was at the height of its popularity. Teenagers and young adults would often hang out at local restaurants and diners and listen to the latest songs.

Personality traits

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on December 4, 1961.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to December 4, 1961.

  • November 8, 1961: 77 people are killed when Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 crashes in Richmond, Virginia.
  • November 17, 1961: The song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is released by doo-wop group the Tokens.
  • November 22, 1961: The film "Blue Hawaii", starring Elvis Presley and Joan Blackman, is released in movie theaters.
  • December 2, 1961: Fidel Castro announces that Cuba will be adopting Communism.
  • This date: December 4, 1961
  • December 6, 1961: The historical film "El Cid" is released.
  • December 9, 1961: Domino's Pizza is founded in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • December 14, 1961: 20 children are killed after a school bus collides with a train in Greeley, Colorado.
  • December 15, 1961:
    • Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death.
    • US President John F. Kennedy leaves for a tour of South America "despite reports of anti-US feelings".
  • December 16, 1961:
    • US President John F. Kennedy visits Venezuela despite threats of violence from left-wing groups.
    • UN troops capture the main Katangan base in Elisabethville in the Congo.
  • December 17, 1961: 503 people are killed after a fire breaks out in a crowded circus tent in Niterói, Brazil.
  • December 20, 1961: The romantic comedy film "Lover Come Back" is released.
  • December 31, 1961: NFL: The Green Bay Packers defeat the New York Giants by 37-0 to win the 1961 NFL Championship Game.
  • January 1, 1962: The United States Navy SEALs are founded.
  • January 3, 1962: Cuban prime minister Fidel Castro is excommunicated by the Catholic Church for preaching Communism.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 4, 1961, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 4, 1961 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

1960s fashion

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

1960s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1961

Television shows that people were watching in December 1961:

TV shows from December 1961.

Hazel
Hazel
Route 66
Route 66
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
Danger Man
Danger Man
The Untouchables
The Untouchables
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Bonanza
Bonanza
Rawhide
Rawhide
77 Sunset Strip
77 Sunset Strip
Maverick
Maverick
Perry Mason
Perry Mason

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 December 4, 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
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1961

Toys and games that were popular 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

Were you born on December 4, 1961?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out December 4, 1967, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 4.

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Actor
Born on December 4, 1949
He turned 12 on this day in 1961.

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan Goldstein

Actor
Born on December 4, 1964
He was born exactly 3 years after this date.

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Rapper
Born on December 4, 1969
He was born exactly 8 years after this date.

Fat Pat

Fat Pat

Rapper Deceased
Born on December 4, 1970
He was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

Model
Born on December 4, 1973
She was born exactly 12 years after this date.

Jin

Jin

BTS member
Born on December 4, 1992
He was born exactly 31 years after this date.

Millie Court

Millie Court

Love Island contestant
Born on December 4, 1996
She was born exactly 35 years after this date.

USA

US President

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on December 4, 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 December 4, 1961 was most likely conceived around March 13, 1961.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 4, 1961 is close to August 27, 1962.

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Stats for December 4, 1961

Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about December 4, 1961:

  • 22,878 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,268 weeks have passed.
  • 1,976,655,600 seconds have passed since December 4, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 2,306,098,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 1,019,954,289,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 329,442,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 169,992,382 steps. That's roughly 75,552 miles.
  • 23,719,867 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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