December 16th, 1961, was a Saturday. It was day 350 of 1961. The decade was the Swinging Sixties.
61 years, 3 months and 16 days have passed since December 16th, 1961.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Sagittarius.
Notable events that occurred on December 16th, 1961.
People who were born on this exact date.
These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 16th, 1961.
A list of songs that were dominating the music charts on this date.
The movie "King of Kings" was at the top of the Box Office on this day.
Let's take a walk down memory lane.
The date is December 16th, 1961, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Sagittarius. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.
The Christmas season of 1961 is in full swing. People are putting up their decorations 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 the movie King of Kings 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 "The Ed Sullivan Show", "Gunsmoke", "The Untouchables" and "The Andy Griffith Show". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Gumby Show", "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends", "Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse" and "Top Cat". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as BAS-KET Miniature Basketball, the Hula Hoop, Crater Critters and Matchbox toy cars.
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 16th, 1961.
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.
In 1961, the best NBA players were Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Pettit, Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson.
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.
The film "West Side Story" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1961.
The song "Moon River" by Henry Mancini won a Grammy for 1961's Song of the Year.
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.
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.
US President John F. Kennedy was named as the Time Person of the Year in 1961.
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 was a popular style around this time. The design looked futuristic, almost like the twin rudders on the back of an airplane.
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 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.
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Television shows that people were watching in December, 1961.
Sitcom about a live-in maid called Hazel Burke.
Adventure crime drama.
The Andy Griffith Show
Comedy TV series about a sheriff in Mayberry, North Carolina.
British television series about a secret agent working for NATO.
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.
American Western series.
American western series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood.
77 Sunset Strip
Private detective drama series.
American Western series about two brothers called Bret and Bart Maverick.
Legal drama series.
American western series.
Have Gun - Will Travel
American western series.
Tonight Starring Jack Paar
Talk show hosted by Jack Paar.
Western drama series.
The Danny Thomas Show
American sitcom about a successful nightclub singer.
The Jack Benny Program
25-minute-long situation comedy series that broadcast on CBS.
What's My Line?
Panel game show.
The Ed Sullivan Show
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day 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
Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
Noggin the Nog
Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown
The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole
Leave It to Beaver
Heckle and Jeckle
The Gumby Show
Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Tom and Jerry
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1961.
Etch A Sketch
Matchbox toy cars
Fisher Price Little People
The Hula Hoop
Metal House robots
BAS-KET Miniature Basketball
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 16th, 1967, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on December 16th.
German soccer player.
Born on December 16th, 1988
He was born exactly 27 years after this date.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the United States on December 16th, 1961.
Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Seán Lemass was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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