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1961 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts

US Patents

World Series Champions:

New York Yankees
NFL Champions:

Green Bay Packers
AFL Champions:

Houston Oilers
NBA Champions:

Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs:

Chicago Blackhawks
U.S. Open Golf:

Gene Littler
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):

Roy Emerson/Darlene R. Hard
Wimbledon (Men/Women):

Rod Laver/Angela Mortimer
NCAA Football Champions:

Alabama & Ohio State
NCAA Basketball Champions:

Kentucky Derby:

Carry Back
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:

Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak
"The Quote"

"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"
- Pepsi

"Hertz puts you in the driverís seat"
- Hertz

"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 regarded.

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 the Nation

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:

John F. Kennedy
Miss America:

Nancy Fleming (Montague, MI)
Miss USA:

Sharon Brown (Louisiana)
Nerd News:

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 time.

Ibuprofen was introduced to the public, and that became available as an over-the-counter drug in 1984.

The Habit:

Reading Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
The Scandal:

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)
1961 Billboard 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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