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1961 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1961 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|New York Yankees|
|Green Bay Packers|
National Basketball Association Champions
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Roy Emerson/Darlene R. Hard|
|Rod Laver/Angela Mortimer|
NCAA Football Champions
|Alabama & Ohio State|
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 2, 1961 - Missouri over
Rose Bowl: January 2, 1961 - Washington over Minnesota
Sugar Bowl : January 2, 1961 - Ole Miss over Rice
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Cappoquin Little Sister|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|John F. Kennedy|
|Nancy Fleming (Montague, MI)|
|Sharon Brown (Louisiana)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Brigitte Bardot, 'Wilhelmina' Cooper, Doris Day, Anita Ekberg, Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Karina, Julie London, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Newmar, Kim Novak, Donna Reed, Elizabeth Taylor, Tuesday Weld|
|"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
"For those who think young"
"Hertz puts you in the driverís seat"
"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
JFK said "I do ask every publisher, every editor, and every newsman in the nation to reexamine his own standards, and to recognize the nature of our country's peril." (and much more), in a speech given to the, American Newspaper Publishers Association, on April 27, 1961.
The critic Philip Toynbee wrote in The Observer: "There was a time when the Hobbit fantasies of Professor Tolkien were taken very seriously by many distinguished literary figures" but "today those books have passed into a merciful oblivion."
1961 Pop Culture History
Washington DC. residents were officially allowed to vote on Presidential
Elections, thanks to the 23rd amendment.
Morely cigarettes are a fake brand of cigarettes used across mass
media since April 5, 1961, first used on an episode of The Naked
The concept of "famous for being famous" was invented
by the historian and social theorist Daniel J. Boorstin. The celebrity,
he wrote, is a person "known for his well-knownness."
The line was in his book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|In 1927 a fire started in the Laurier Palace Theatre
in Montreal, Canada and killed 78 children. The city responded by
banning children under 16 from cinemas which lasted until 1961.
The US Air Force accidentally dropped two Mark 39 nuclear bombs in North Carolina, each more than 250 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima bomb, but neither exploded. A single safety switch out of four prevented detonation of one of those bombs.
The Berlin Wall was called the 'Anti-Fascist Protection Wall' (Antifaschistischer Schutzwall) by its builders.
Syracuse RB Ernie Davis was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961. He was drafted #1 overall in 1962 but was diagnosed with Leukemia and later died before playing a down in the NFL.
Writer Death by Suicide: Ernest Hemingway
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
|LEGO Building Sets, Stratego, Ken Carson (Barbie's boyfriend), Slip 'n Slide water slide, Trolls|
|Reading Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Reading The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Reading Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Reading The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Reading A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipul
Reading The Prime of Miss Jean Brodieby Muriel Spark
1961/62 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
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)
Popular Music Artists
|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 US 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.)
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 US 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
|101 Dalmatians, A Rasin in the Sun, The Absent-Monded Professor, Babes in Toyland, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Exiles, The Guns of Navarone, The Hustler, Judgmet at Nuremburg, The Ladies Man, Lola, Lover Come Back, The Misfits, Mothra, One-Eyed Jacks, One Two Three, The Parent Trap, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story|
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