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
"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
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
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
- 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
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
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: Ernest Hemingway
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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