Growing up in the 50's and 60's
The 1960's news and entertainment
1961 - News and Entertainment
The Berlin Wall was built but Elvis still ruled the Charts
In many ways, 1961 belonged to the United States of America. John F. Kennedy became President and the American people found themselves with a younger more liberal person who, along with his beautiful wife, began a new era of World Politics.
Whilst that was happening, Elvis Presley continued his domination of world rock and roll music, although they didn't know that the following year was to bring about a turn round in popular music which would set out new rules and styles, even affecting the political world as well.
Main news Stories
Sunday Telegraph first published
Years top selling Album (UK)
Elvis Presley - GI Blues
Years top selling Single (UK)
Elvis Presley - 'It's now or never'
Best Movie Oscar
Best Actor Oscar
Burt Lancaster - Elmer Gantry
Best Actress Oscar
Elizabeth Taylor - Butterfield 8
At the Cinema 1961
Breakfast at Tiffany's, El Cid, The Comancheros, The Guns of Navarone, One Hundred and One Dalmatians,
People born in 1961
Harry Enfield, Boy George, Ricky Gervais, Diana Princess of Wales, Martin Clunes.
UK Singles - No.1 hits 1961
Poetry in Motion - Johnny Tillotson
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In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shank from this responsibility - I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it -- and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.