Sunday December 31, 1961, NewYear’s Eve

US date format: 12/31/1961, UK date format: 31/12/1961

It was Sunday, under the sign of Capricorn (see zodiac on December 31, 1961). The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative), Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Rick Aguilera and Fabian Nicieza. In that special week of December people in US were listening to The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens. Gunga Jumna, directed by Nitin Bose, 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 Steptoe and Son.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

You can also have a look at the year 1961, at December 31 across the years or at December 1961 calendar.

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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.

Events

  • lrma La Douce closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name
  • Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon.
  • Green Bay Packers shutout New York Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game.
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Movies

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Country: United States of America

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård

Country: United States of America

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis

Country: United States of America

The Innocents

The Innocents

Directed by: Jack Clayton

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Country: United States of America

Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Starring: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Country: United States of America

Sport Games on December 31, 1961

Sport Games on December 31, 1961


NFL

American Football
  • New York Giants - Green Bay Packers : 0 - 37
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TV Series

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Steptoe and Son

Steptoe and Son

Starring: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Musik aus Studio B

Musik aus Studio B

Starring: Chris Howland

Poly

Poly

Starring: Jean Adam, Hélène Ailloud, Christine Aurel, Barta Barri

Country: France

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer

Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer

Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake

Starring: Terence Morgan, Jean Kent, Michael Crawford, Milton Reid

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

How old am I?

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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey

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The author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New …

The Coming Fury by Bruce Catton

The Coming Fury

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Dust jacket notes: "In words that weave history into art, Bruce Catton has created a book about the coming of the Civil War that is at once a broad canvas and

I Should Have Kissed Her More by Alexander King

I Should Have Kissed Her More

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KING OF THE STORYTELLERS - Favorite raconteur of millions of television fans! Bestselling author of MINE ENEMY GROWS OLDER and MAY THIS HOUSE BE SAFE FROM TIGERS! ALEXANDER KING tells you

Chairman Of The Bored by Edward Streeter

Chairman Of The Bored

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Stated first edition, printed in 1961 by Harper; pages clean and tight, some yellowing, 274 pages.

The Judas Tree by A.J. Cronin

The Judas Tree

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In a story of wide and fascinating detail A. J. Cronin tells of Dr. David Morey who tries to atone for his desertion of the woman he loved.Beguiled

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 31, 1961?

On December 31, 1961 the day of the week was Sunday.

What zodiac sign is December 31, 1961?

On December 31, 1961 the zodiac sign was Capricorn.

Who was the US President on December 31, 1961?

On December 31, 1961 the US President was John F. Kennedy (Democrat).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 31, 1961?

On December 31, 1961 the UK Prime Minister was Harold Macmillan (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 31, 1961?

On December 31, 1961 Pope John XXIII was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 31, 1961?

On December 31, 1961 several famous people were born including, Rick Aguilera, Fabian Nicieza, Nina Li.


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