Monday, 27 October 2014

MCMLXI - Odd facts and figures

 About 1961
1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (dominical letter A), 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. As MAD Magazine pointed out on its cover for the March 1961 issue, this was the first "upside-up" year—i.e., one in which the numerals that form the year look the same as when the numerals are rotated upside down—since 1881.[1] The next such year will be 6009.













World Population: 3.080 billion

Nobel Peace Prize: Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden)(posthumously)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Ivo Andric (Yugoslavia)

Sports:
World Series: NY Yankees d. Cincinnati (4-1)
 NBA Championship: Boston d. St. Louis Hawks (4-1)
 Stanley Cup: Chicago d. Detroit (4-2)

Wimbledon
Women: Angela Mortimer d. C. Truman (4-6 6-4 7-5)
 Men: Rod Laver d. C. McKinley (6-3 6-1 6-4)

Kentucky Derby Champion: Carry Back

NCAA Basketball Championship: Cincinnati d. Ohio St. (70-65 OT)
NCAA Football Champions: Alabama (AP, UPI, NFF) (11-0-0) & Ohio St. (FW) (8-0-1) 

Canadian Hockey Champions: Galt Terriers

Formula 1 Champion: Phil Hill

Motion Picture release
West Side Story is adapted for the big screen, and will go on to win Oscars for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), and Directing (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins).


Grammy award

Record of the Year: "Theme From A Summer Place," Percy Faith
Album of the Year: Button Down Mind, Bob Newhart
Song of the Year: "Theme From Exodus," Ernest Gold, songwriter

 Biggest hit singles
 
  1. Ben E King Stand By Me 
  2. Del Shannon Runaway 
  3. Chubby Checker Let's Twist Again 
  4. Elvis Presley Surrender 
  5. The Marcels Blue Moon




4 comments:

  1. Thank you Han...I really do enjoy reading odd facts and figures from years gone by. ;)

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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    1. As a number nerd I like the Mad cover so much I just had to share it..

      Thank you for taking the time to read,
      Han

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  2. Stand by me, oohhhooo stand by me ...
    Some song are made to stay in our memories for ever ...

    Tack,
    ML

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    1. Yes, I like that one myself. I really hate the Presley songs. Well hate... I don't like them very much.

      Ah, memories...

      Han

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