Millennium: 2nd millennium
1961 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1961
Ab urbe condita2714
Armenian calendar1410
Assyrian calendar6711
Bahá'í calendar117–118
Balinese saka calendar1882–1883
Bengali calendar1368
Berber calendar2911
British Regnal yearEliz. 2 – 10 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2505
Burmese calendar1323
Byzantine calendar7469–7470
Chinese calendar庚子(Metal Rat)
4657 or 4597
    — to —
辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
4658 or 4598
Coptic calendar1677–1678
Discordian calendar3127
Ethiopian calendar1953–1954
Hebrew calendar5721–5722
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2017–2018
 - Shaka Samvat1882–1883
 - Kali Yuga5061–5062
Holocene calendar11961
Igbo calendar961–962
Iranian calendar1339–1340
Islamic calendar1380–1381
Japanese calendarShōwa 36
Javanese calendar1892–1893
Juche calendar50
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4294
Minguo calendarROC 50
Nanakshahi calendar493
Thai solar calendar2504
Tibetan calendar阳金鼠年
(male Iron-Rat)
2087 or 1706 or 934
    — to —
(female Iron-Ox)
2088 or 1707 or 935

1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, 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, a strobogrammatic number — since 1881.[1] The next such year will be 6009.[2]



Jan. 20: John F. Kennedy inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States