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December 15th, 1961.

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

59 years, 5 months and 28 days have passed since December 15th, 1961.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.

On this day.

What happened on December 15th, 1961?

  • Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death.

Music charts.

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 - The Marvelettes
  • United Kingdom: Tower Of Strength - Frankie Vaughan
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Take me back to December 15th, 1961!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 15th, 1961 and it's a Friday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people have "that Friday feeling" and 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 The 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 and 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Perry Mason", "Bonanza" and "The Andy Griffith Show". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Looney Tunes", "Mighty Mouse Playhouse", "My Three Sons" and "The Dick Tracy Show".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Crater Critters, Troll doll, Etch A Sketch and Ken (doll).

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on December 15th, 1961.

  • 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 exist at this time, 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 59 years, 5 months and 28 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 59 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1961 belong to the Baby Boomer generation.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 15th, 1961.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • 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 that was discovered in 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 8.
  • 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.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

Photographs of 1960s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1960s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

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

Kid's TV shows on December 15th, 1961.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired 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
  • Heckle and Jeckle
  • The Gumby Show
  • Mighty Mouse Playhouse
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Looney Tunes

Popular toys and games in 1961.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1961.

  • Ken (doll)
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Astrobase
  • Troll doll
  • Crater Critters

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 check out December 15th, 1967 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 15th of December.

US President.

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

UK Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 15th, 1961.

Irish Taoiseach.

Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 15th, 1961 was most likely conceived around the 7th of March, 1961.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 15th, 1961 is close to the 24th of September, 1962.

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Time difference & statistics.

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

  • A total of 21,730 days have passed since this date.
  • 3,104 weeks have passed.
  • 1,877,468,400 seconds have passed since the December 15th, 1961.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 2,190,379,800 times.
  • Since December 15th, 1961, the earth has travelled approximately 968,773,694,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 312,911,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 161,462,282 steps. That's about 71,761 miles!
  • Since this date, 22,529,621 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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