Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey
Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette
Funicello, Kim Novak
"Sorry, Charlie. Starkist wants tuna that tastes
good, not tuna with good taste"
- Starkist tuna
"Yabba Dabba Do"
- Fred Flintstone
"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask
what you can do for your country.
- President John F. Kennedy *pop-culture.us
editor's note: The quotes used are not in any particular
order of importance.
"For those who think young"
"Hertz puts you in the driverís seat"
"In the councils of government, we must guard
against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether
sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power
exists and will persist. "
- From Dwight Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the Nation
"Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his
shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists
in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion,
the free university, historically the fountainhead of
free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced
a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because
of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes
virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity...
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars
by Federal employment, project allocations, and the
power of money is ever present - and is gravely to be
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in
respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the
equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself
become the captive of a scientific-technological elite"
- Also from Dwight Eisenhower's Farewell Address to
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
John F. Kennedy
Nancy Fleming (Montague, MI)
Sharon Brown (Louisiana)
Washington D.C. residents were officially allowed to
vote on Presidential Elections, thanks to the 23rd amendment.
The first Six Flags amusement park opened near Dallas
Texas. Named "Six Flags Over Dallas," it was
named after the six different flags Texas has over the
past few hundred years.
Human rights organization Amnesty International was
founded in London.
Black and Decker introduced the first cordless power
drill, powered by nickle-cadmium.
Pampers disposable diapers were available for the first
Ibuprofen was introduced to the public, and that became
available as an over-the-counter drug in 1984.
Reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
Writer Death by Suicide:
1st appearances & 1961's Most Popular
Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
LEGO Building Sets, Stratego, Ken Carson
(Barbie's boyfriend), Slip 'n Slide water slide, Trolls
Best Film Oscar Winner:
West Side Story
1961 Most Popular TV shows:
1. Wagon Train (NBC)
2. Bonanza (NBC)
3. Gunsmoke (CBS)
4. Hazel (NBC)
5. Perry Mason (CBS)
6. The Red Skelton Show (CBS)
7. The Andy Griffith show (CBS)
8. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
9. Dr. Kildare (NBC)
10. Candid Camera (CBS)
Number One Songs
November 28, 1960 - January 8, 1961:
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
January 9 - January 29:
Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert
January 30 - February 12:
Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
February 13 - February 26:
Calcutta Lawrence Welk
February 27 - March 19:
Pony Time Chubby Checker
March 20 - April 2:
Surrender Elvis Presley
April 3 - April 23:
Blue Moon The Marcels
April 24 - May 21:
Runaway Del Shannon
May 22 - May 28:
Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe
May 29 - June 4:
Travelin' Man Ricky Nelson
June 5 - June 18:
Running Scared Roy Orbison
June 19 - June 25:
Moody River Pat Boone
June 26 - July 9:
Quarter To Three Gary U.S. Bonds
July 10 - August 27:
August Tossin' And Turnin' Bobby Lewis
August 28 - September 3:
Wooden Heart Joe Dowell
September 4 - September 17:
Michael The Highwaymen
September 18 - October 8:
Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee
October 9 - October 22:
Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
October 23 - November 5:
Runaround Sue Dion
November 6 - December 10:
Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
December 11 - December 17:
Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
December 18, 1961 - January 12, 1962:
The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens
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