Sunday 1 January 1961, NewYear’s Day
It was Sunday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican).
Famous people born on this day include Mark Wingett and Marcia Cross.
In that special week of January people in US were listening to Are You Lonesome To-Night? by Elvis Presley.
In UK What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? by Emile Ford & The Checkmates was in the top 5 hits.
Where the Boys Are, directed by Henry Levin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961
while My Wilderness by William O. Douglas was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Westinghouse Playhouse.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 1 January 1961 ?
- Mark Wingett: British actor.
- Marcia Cross: Actress (Melrose Place).
- Irv Eatman: NFL tackle (Houston Oilers).
- Sam Backo: Australian rugby league footballer.
- Maura Gallagher: Family Member.
- Sergei Babayan: Armenian-American pianist and academic.
- Sam Palahnuk: American video game designer.
- Fiona Phillips: British television presenter.
- Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
- Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
- Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears (US$960.242 billion).
- Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium.
Which were the top hits in that special week of January 1961 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome To-Night?
- Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Wonderland By Night
- Floyd Cramer - Last Date
- Kathy Young - A Thousand Stars
- Ferrante and Teicher - Exodus
- Johnny Horton - North To Alaska
- Connie Francis - Many Tears Ago
- Johnny Burnette - You're Sixteen
- Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea) - Lolita
- Ray Peterson - Corinna, Corinna
Top #10 songs in the UK
- Johnny Tillotson - Poetry In Motion
- Emile Ford & The Checkmates - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?
- Cliff Richard - I Love You
- Adam Faith - What Do You Want?
- Matt Monro - Portrait Of My Love
- Neil Sedaka - Oh Carol
- Elmer Bernstein - Staccato's Theme
- The Ventures - Perfidia
- The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
- Michael Holliday - Starry Eyed
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