Isn't it crazy how things can change over time?
Pop Culture Madness shared some interesting facts about 1961, so let’s see how they stack up to today’s equivalents!
In 1961, the most famous person in American was actress Audrey Hepburn.
In 2021, it’s singer Olivia Rodrigo.
In 1961, the most popular children’s toy was Chatty Cathy.
In 2021, it’s the Baby Yoda plushie.
In 1961, the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl.
In 2021, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl.
In 1961, the most popular T.V. show was Wagon Train, on NBC.
In 2021, it’s The Office, also on NBC.
In 1961, the most popular Broadway show was How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
In 2021, it’s Hamilton.
Other notable things that happened in 1961:
1. Pamper’s disposable diapers entered the market.
Denny’s got its name when owner Harold Bulter split ways with business partners. Orirignally named Danny’s Donuts, the name was later changed to Denny’s Coffee Shop, and then shortened to Denny’s.
Sprite got its name.
The first Six Flags amusement park opened.
Although the term “Black Friday” was coined in the 50’s, it gained popularity in 1961.
The first cordless drill was introduced by Black and Deck.
Lemonheads were the most popular candy.