What Happened on December 31, 1961

Historical Events

  • "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances
  • Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon
  • Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $12 billion

NFL Championship

National Football League Championship, City Stadium, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0; first of 5 NFL titles won in 7-season span by Packers and head coach, Vince Lombardi

  • The Beach Boys play their debut gig under that name

Famous Birthdays

  • Joanna Johnson, American actress (Caroline-Bold & Beautiful), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Rick Aguilera, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California
1961 Highlights

About December 31, 1961

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 60 years, 9 months and 6 days
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