What Happened on December 24, 1961

Historical Events

Sports History

AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3; Billy Cannon scores game's only TD

Famous Birthdays

  • Darren Wharton, British musician (Dare; Thin Lizzy), born in Failsworth, United Kingdom
  • Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan Republic, born in Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Jay Wright, American basketball coach, born in Churchville, Pennsylvania
  • Mary Barra, American CEO of General Motors (1st woman to head a global automotive company), born in Waterford, Michigan

Famous Deaths

  • Guy de Lioncourt, French composer, dies at 76
1961 Highlights

About December 24, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years and 9 months
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
  • UK #1 Song: Moon River - Danny Williams