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1961 Trivia compiled by Ted Yates

Compiled By Ted Yates




TV Shows which made their debut in 1961 included:
Dr. Kildare
Ben Casey
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Car 54, Where Are You?
Top Cat
Mr. Ed



New products in 1961 included the fully disposable diaper. it was called Pampers. The electric toothbrush was also introduced.


Entertainers we lost in 1961 included Gary Cooper, Ty Cobb and Chico Marx.



The most popular movies of 1961 included:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Hustler
West Side Story
Blue Hawaii
The Guns of Navarone
The Music Man
Splendor in the Grass



In 1961, Gas was 29 cents a gallon, which is about 7 cents a litre.


In 1961, we started paying tax on what we bought. A 3% sales tax went into effect in September.

In 1961, Canada and the U.S. conducted a 12 hour mock nuclear air raid and bomb shelters were in great demand.



Movie Soundtracks made up the Top Albums of 1961 including:
Blue Hawaii
G.I. Blues



The Canadian Medical Association went on record saying that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer.


The New York Yankees beat the Cincinatti Reds 4 games to 1 to win the World Series.

The Chicago Black Hawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 2 to take the Stanley Cup.


Music artists who had their first notable hit in 1961 included:
The Crystals, The Dovells, Gene Pitney, Del Shannon, The Tokens and The Marvellettes



It cost adults just a buck to buy a ticket to see their favourite movie and it was usually a double bill with a cartoon or two at the beginning.



The Grammy Award Winner for Record of the Year was ‘Moon River’ by Henry Mancini.


In 1961, you could buy a box of 60 Red Rose Teabags for 75 cents, a dozen oranges for 75 cents and 2 boxes of Kraft Dinner for 31 cents, - all carried out in big brown paper bags.


The New Ontario License plates were white lettering on a black background.


Yo Yo’s were the hottest new pastime.


FM Stereo became available for the first time.


The Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.


Canada won the World Hockey Championships by defeating the Soviets 5 – 1.