Wednesday 1 February 1961
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Gina Hull and Daniel M Tani in Ridley Park.
In that special week of February people in US were listening to Will You Love Me Tomorrow? by The Shirelles.
In UK Poetry In Motion by Johnny Tillotson was in the top 5 hits.
Breathless, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961
while To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Adieu, Prinzessin.
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- St. Brigid of Kildare - one of the three patron saints of Ireland, the others being St. Patrick and St. Columcille.
- In Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the fictional character Willy Wonka gives an unprecedented tour of his chocolate factory on February 1 (year unspecified).
- Blessed Reginald of Sint-Gillis
- The start of LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom.
- The start of Black History Month in the United States.
- Imbolc - the first day of Spring in Ireland (Irish Calendar), one of the eight solar holidays in the Wheel of the Year.
- St. Veridiana
- Gina Hull: Jacksonville, Florida -- LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th).
- Daniel M Tani in Ridley Park: Maryland, USA; astronaut.
- Gina Hull in Jacksonville: Florida, USA; LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th).
- Gabrielle Carteris in Phoenix: Arizona, USA; actress (Beverly Hills 90210).
- Volker Fried: German field hockey player and coach.
- Daniel Tani: American engineer and astronaut
- 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
- First full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful.
- British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive.
- The United States launches its first test of the Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile. Fas.org
Which were the top hits in that special week of February 1961 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
- Lawrence Welk - Calcutta
- Ferrante and Teicher - Exodus
- Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Wonderland By Night
- The Miracles - Shop Around
- Rosie - Angel Baby
- Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl
- Brenda Lee - Emotions
- Bobby Vee - Rubber Ball
- Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome To-Night?
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