December 15th, 1961

December 15th, 1961, fell on a Friday. It was day 349 of 1961. The decade was the 1960s.

58 years, 9 months and 6 days have passed since December 15th, 1961.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 15th, 1961:

  • Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 15th, 1961:

  • United States: Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes
  • United Kingdom: Tower Of Strength - Frankie Vaughan

Take Me Back!

The date is December 15th, 1961 and it's a Friday. People are looking forward to the weekend. The Christmas season of 1961 is in full swing. The decorations are up and festive songs are playing on the radio.

In America, the song Please Mr. Postman by Marvelettes is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Tower Of Strength by Frankie Vaughan is the number one hit song. John Fitzgerald Kennedy is currently the President of the United States.

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 Danny Thomas Show", "Wagon Train", "77 Sunset Strip" and "Bonanza". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis", "Dennis the Menace", "King Leonardo and His Short Subjects" and "Top Cat".

Popular toys include the likes of "Troll doll", "Astrobase", "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 December 15th, 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, 9 months and 6 days have passed since December 15th, 1961.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 50 of 1961.
  • Leap Year: 1961 was NOT a leap year.
  • Age: Anyone born on December 15th, 1961, will be 58 years of age.
  • People born in 1961 belong to the "Baby Boomer" generation.


Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 15th, 1961, will have the star sign Sagittarius.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Ophiuchus.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1961 was the year of the Ox (Yin Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 15th, 1961 falls under the Owl.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

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.
  • Perry Mason - Legal drama series.
  • Wagon Train - American western series.
  • Have Gun - Will Travel - American western series.

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" - "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 15th of December:


US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on December 15th, 1961.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on December 15th, 1961 was probably conceived around the 7th of March, 1961. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 15th, 1961 is the 24th of September, 1962. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 15th, 1961.

  • 21,466 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,854,658,800 seconds have passed since the December 15th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,163,768,600 times.
  • Since December 15th, 1961, earth has travelled approximately 957,003,940,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 309,109,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 159,500,657 steps. That's about 70,889 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,255,906 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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