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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 19th century20th century21st century
Decades: 1930s  1940s  1950s  – 1960s –  1970s  1980s  1990s
Years: 1958 1959 196019611962 1963 1964

1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1961st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 961st year of the 2nd millennium, the 61st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1960s decade. Its rendering using the Hindu-Arabic numeral system creates a numeral which looks the same when put upside down. The next such year will be 6009.


Berlin Wall 1961-11-20
Construction of Berlin Wall


Henry rollins microphone
Henry Rollins in 2003


Nobel Prizes

Movies released

George Chakiris in West Side Story
George Chakiris in West Side Story

Hit songs

Patsy Cline publicity photo
Patsy Cline in 1957
  • "I Fall to Pieces" – Patsy Cline
  • "Crazy" – Patsy Cline
  • "Where the Boys Are" – Connie Francis
  • "Running Scared" – Roy Orbison
  • "Crying" – Roy Orbison
  • "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away" – Gene Pitney
  • "Town Without Pity" – Gene Pitney
  • "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" – The Tokens
  • "Calcutta" – Lawrence Welk
  • "Runaround Sue" – Dion
  • "Let's Go Trippin'" – Dick Dale's first local hit, regarded as first surf rock instrumental
  • "Tossin' & Turnin' " – Bobby Lewis
  • "Runaway" – Del Shannon
  • "Garde-Moi la Dernière Danse" – Dalida
  • "Nuits d'Espagne" – Dalida
  • "Blue Moon" – The Marcels
  • "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" – The Shirelles
  • "There's No Other Like My Baby" – The Crystals' first hit
  • "Please Mr. Postman" – The Marvelettes
  • "Quarter To Three" – Gary U.S. Bonds
  • "Shop Around" – The Miracles
  • "Travelin' Man" – Ricky Nelson
  • "Hello Mary Lou" – Ricky Nelson
  • "Stand By Me" – Ben E. King
  • "The Wanderer" – Dion
  • "The Mountain's High" – Dick and Deedee
  • "Big River, Big Man" – Claude King
  • "The Commancheros" – Claude King
  • "Moody River" – Pat Boone
  • "I Love How You Love Me" – The Paris Sisters

New books

HarperLee 2007Nov05
Harper Lee in 2007

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