Sunday 24 December 1961, Christmas Eve
It was Sunday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Elvis Presley and Wade Williams.
In that special week of December people in US were listening to The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens.
In UK Poetry In Motion by Johnny Tillotson was in the top 5 hits.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, directed by Jos Quintero, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961
while Franny And Zooey by J.D. Salinger was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Poly.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 24 December 1961 ?
- December 24 is celebrated as the day before Christmas, thus called Christmas Eve.
- It is the day when food is traditionally set out for Santa Claus and his reindeer. Children around the world are urged to go to bed early so they are not awake when he arrives.
- In Hungary, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia among others, this is the day that presents are exchanged and opened.
- The Declaration of Christmas Peace takes place in the Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City, according to old traditions dating back to the Middle Ages.
- Elvis Presley: American singer who makes his living impersonating Elvis Presley.
- Wade Williams: TV Actor.
- Ilham Aliyev: President of Azerbaijan.
- Michael Butler: Bassist.
- Eriko Kitagawa: Japanese director and screenwriter.
- Jay Wright: American basketball player and coach
- Guy de Lioncourt: Composer, dies at 76.
- Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game.
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Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1961 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
- The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman
- Bobby Vee - Run To Him
- Chubby Checker - The Twist
- Leroy Van Dyke - Walk On By
- James Darren - Goodbye Cruel World
- Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
- Neil Sedaka - Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen
- Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John
- Joey Dee & the Starliters - Peppermint Twist - Part 1
Top #10 songs in the UK
- Frankie Vaughan - Tower Of Strength
- Johnny Tillotson - Poetry In Motion
- Danny Williams - Moon River
- Cliff Richard - I Love You
- Elvis Presley - His Latest Flame / Little Sisters
- The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
- Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby
- Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never
- Jimmy Dean - Big Bad John
- Matt Monro - Portrait Of My Love
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