Saturday 20 May 1961
It was Saturday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Sally Quinlan and Vaughn Jefferis.
In that special week of May people in US were listening to Runaway by Del Shannon.
In UK Blue Moon by The Marcels was in the top 5 hits.
The Young Savages, directed by John Frankenheimer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961
while The Agony And The Ecstasy by Irving Stone was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Hancock.
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- Saint Austregisilus
- Saint Lucifer
- Saint Theodore of Pavia
- Saint Bernardine of Siena
- East Timor National Day.
- Cameroon National Day.
- Saint Ivo of Chartres
- Sally Quinlan: LPGA golfer.
- Vaughn Jefferis: Matangi, New Zealand -- Equestrian 3 day event (1996 Olympics - Bronze Medalist).
- Nick Heyward: British teen pop star and musician with the group "Haircut 100" from October 1981 thru October 1982.
- Clive Allen: English footballer and manager.
- Owen Teale: Welsh actor.
- Josef ''Pips'' Priller: German flying ace (Born 1915).
- Henzes opera Elegy for Young Lovers, premieres in Schwetzingen
- 87th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6.
- Mauritania adopts constitution.
- White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama, USA.
Which were the top hits in that special week of May 1961 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Del Shannon - Runaway
- Ernie K-Doe - Mother-In-Law
- Gene McDaniels - A Hundred Pounds Of Clay
- Linda Scott - I've Told Every Little Star
- Shep and the Limelites - Daddy's Home
- Brenda Lee - You Can Depend On Me
- The Marcels - Blue Moon
- Ricky Nelson - Travelin' Man
- The Shirelles - Mama Said
- Adam Wade - Take Good Care Of Her
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