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1961 Trivia

<< - 1960
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
NFL Champions:
Green Bay Packers
AFL Champions:
Houston Oilers
NBA Champions:
Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:
Chicago Blackhawks
U.S. Open Golf:
Gene Littler
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Roy Emerson/Darlene R. Hard
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Rod Laver/Angela Mortimer
NCAA Football Champions:
Alabama & Ohio State
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky Derby:
Carry Back
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak
"The Quotes"

"Sorry, Charlie. Starkist wants tuna that tastes good, not tuna with good taste"
- Starkist tuna

"Yabba Dabba Do"
- Fred Flintstone

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
- President John F. Kennedy
*pop-culture.us editor's note: The quotes used are not in any particular order of importance.

"For those who think young"
- Pepsi

"Hertz puts you in the driverís seat"
- Hertz

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. "
- From Dwight Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation

"Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity...

The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present - and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite"
- Also from Dwight Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
John F. Kennedy
Miss America:
Nancy Fleming (Montague, MI)
Miss USA:
Sharon Brown (Louisiana)
1961 Pop Culture News:
Washington D.C. residents were officially allowed to vote on Presidential Elections, thanks to the 23rd amendment.

The first Six Flags amusement park opened near Dallas Texas. Named "Six Flags Over Dallas," it was named after the six different flags Texas has over the past few hundred years.

Human rights organization Amnesty International was founded in London.

Black and Decker introduced the first cordless power drill, powered by nickle-cadmium.

Pampers disposable diapers were available for the first time.

Ibuprofen was introduced to the public, and that became available as an over-the-counter drug in 1984.

The Habit:
Reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
The Scandal:
Writer Death by Suicide: Ernest Hemingway
1st appearances & 1961's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
LEGO Building Sets, Stratego, Ken Carson (Barbie's boyfriend), Slip 'n Slide water slide, Trolls
1961 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Wagon Train (NBC)
2. Bonanza (NBC)
3. Gunsmoke (CBS)
4. Hazel (NBC)
5. Perry Mason (CBS)
6. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
7. The Andy Griffith show (CBS)
8. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
9. Dr. Kildare (NBC)
10. Candid Camera (CBS)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1961 include:
Adam Wade, Ben E. King, Bobby Bland, Bobby Lewis, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Vee, Brenda Lee, Brook Benton, Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, Del Shannon, Dion, The Dovells, Elvis Presley, Ernie K-Doe, Etta James, The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Ike & Tina Turner, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, Jimmy Reed, Gary U.S. Bonds, Linda Scott, Ray Charles, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, The Shirelles, The Tokens

(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

The Number One Hits Of 1961:
November 28, 1960 - January 8, 1961: Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?

January 9, 1961 - January 29, 1961: Bert Kaempfert - Wonderland by Night

January 30, 1961 - February 12, 1961: The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow

February 13, 1961 - February 26, 1961: Lawrence Welk - Calcutta

February 27, 1961 - March 19, 1961: Chubby Checker - Pony Time

March 20, 1961 - April 2, 1961: Elvis Presley - Surrender

April 3, 1961 - April 23, 1961: The Marcels - Blue Moon

April 24, 1961 - May 21, 1961: Del Shannon - Runaway

May 22, 1961 - May 28, 1961: Ernie K-Doe - Mother-in-Law

May 29, 1961 - June 4, 1961: Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man

June 5, 1961 - June 18, 1961: Roy Orbison - Running Scared

June 19, 1961 - June 25, 1961: Pat Boone - Moody River

June 26, 1961 - July 9, 1961: Gary U.S. Bonds - Quarter to Three

July 10, 1961 - August 27, 1961: Bobby Lewis - Tossin' and Turnin'

August 28, 1961 - September 3, 1961: Joe Dowell - Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)

September 4, 1961 - September 17, 1961: The Highwaymen - Michael

September 18, 1961 - October 8, 1961: Bobby Vee - Take Good Care of My Baby

October 9, 1961 - October 22, 1961: Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack

October 23, 1961 - November 5, 1961: Dion - Runaround Sue

November 6, 1961 - December 10, 1961: Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John

December 11, 1961 - December 17, 1961: The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman

December 18, 1961 - January 12, 1962: The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Popular Music in 1961 - # 1 Hits of 1961