What Happened on December 16, 1961

Historical Events

  • "Evening with Yves Montand" closes at John Golden Theatre, NYC after 55 performances

Historic Event

Martin Luther King Jr. joins over 500 jailed demonstrators who had been arrested in Albany, Georgia [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Bill Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • LaChanze [Rhonda LaChanze Sapp], American Broadway actress (The Color Purple), born in St. Augustine, Florida

Famous Deaths

  • Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, Russian composer and teacher, dies at 61
  • Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch soprano singer, prima donna, dies at 93
1961 Highlights

About December 16, 1961

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 9 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
  • UK #1 Song: Tower Of Strength - Frankie Vaughan