On 61

cooltextSixtyOneIt’s all the same: Sixty-one, Soixante et un, Sessanta uno, Einundsechzig, Kuusikymmentä yksi, Šedesát jedna, and Το εξήντα-ένα

In Entertainment

  • 61*, a 2001 baseball movie directed by Billy Crystal
  • Highway 61 is a 1991 film set on U.S. Route 61
  • The number of points required to win a “standard” game of Cribbage
  • 61A is the London address of Margot Wendice (Grace Kelly) and Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) in Dial M for Murder
  • 61st Primetime Emmy Awards took place on September 20, 2009
  • Now 61, a musical collection in the UK, was released on 25 July, 2005
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the most awards at the 61st Golden Globes
  • The 61st Tony Awards awarded to top awards to The Coast of Utopia, Journey’s End, Spring Awakening, and Company
  • Channel 61 is a television station in Davenport (Iowa), Los Angeles, Cleveland, Harford (CT), New Orleans, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, New Zealand, Cikarang (Indonesia), and Venezuela

In Music

  • Highway 61 Revisited is a Bob Dylan album
  • The Highway 61 Blues Festival occurs annually in Leland, Mississippi
  • 61/49 is an album by The Romantics
  • Joseph Haydn composed Symphony No. 61 in D major

In Literature

  • 61 Hours, written by Lee Childs, is part of the Jack Reacher series
  • Sixty-One Nails is a book by Mike Shevdon

In Mathematics

  • The 18th prime number, a cuban prime, a Pillai prime, the ninth Mersenne prime exponent, a Keith number a centered hexagonal number, a centered decagonal number, the sixth Euler zigzag number
  • The only base-14 prime number with a 6-digit period
  • Center Returning is Hexagram 61 of the Book of Changes
  • Divisible by 1, 61, and 8! + 1

In Science

  • On the Periodic Table, promethium has the atomic number 61, which means its neural atom has 61 protons and 61 electrons … A Jeopardy Extra – promethium do not have any stable isotopes
  • mir-61 microRNA is a short RNA molecule functioning to regulate the expression levels of other genes by several mechanisms
  • Nickel-61 is the nickel atom’s only stable isotope

In Space

  • Messier object M61 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo
  • The New General Catalogue (NGC) object 61 is a double spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces
  • Saros series 61 lasted 1262.1 years and contained 71 solar eclipses
  • 61 Ursae Majoris is located about 31.1 light-years from Sol
  • STS-61, involving the space shuttle Endeavor, was the first mission to service the Hubble Telescope (launched 2 December 1992)

In World History
Year 61 CDE

  • Assyrian calendar year 4811, Buddhist calendar year 605, Korean calendar year 2394
  • Pliny the Younger born

Year 61 BC

  • Hebrew calendar 3700-3791, Thai solar calendar year 483, Holocene calendar year 9940
  • Prince Ptolemy born, later to become Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII

In US History

  • The 61st US Congress served from 1909-1911 with President William Howard Taft
  • Federalist No. 61, written by Alexander Hamilton, is the last of 3 essays about the power of Congress has in electing its members

In Geography

  • U.S. Route 61 is the highway that inspired so much attention on “Highway 61”
  • 1 Liberty Place is Philadelphia’s tallest building at 61 stories
  • US Route 61 covers 1,400 miles (2,300 km) connecting New Orleans, Louisiana and Wyoming, Minnesota while following the Mississippi River – which also has this popular yard sale
  • List of highway 61 in Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States
  • Antler No. 61 is a very small town in rural Saskatchewan
  • 61 North Parallel crosses Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, United States, Canada, and Greenland
  • 61st Parallel South does not cross any land
  • 61 Meridian West Greenland, Canada, Martinique, Santa Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Guyana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands
  • 61 Meridian East crosses Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

In Sports

  • New York Yankees Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961, which brought an asterisk to the record book (hence the movie 61 *)
  • Pitching greats Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver each had 61 career shutouts
  • Hockey great Wayne Gretzky holds or shares 61 NHL records (40 for regular season, 15 for Stanley Cup playoff and 6 for All-Star Games)
  • Los Angeles Lakers’ Elgin Baylor set a record for 61 points in a NBA finals game against the Boston Celtics (April 14, 1962)
  • The Ottawa Rough Riders defeated Edmonton Eskimos for the 61st Grey Cup title (1973)
  • Rotation, a variation of pool, is sometimes called 61
  • Richie Evans’ NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car number was 61
  • Bill George (Chicago Bears) is the only #61 professional US sports jersey retired
  • In 229 NASCA races, #61 never earned the pole position, never won a race, and finished in the top five only 5 times

In Business

In Miscellaneous

  • The number of the French department Orne
  • The code for international direct dial phone calls to Australia
  • The code for setting a priority call on a phone is *61
  • Part 61 is a law created by the FAA regarding medical exams
  • The number of Citadel cadets on the Summerall Guards
  • The P-61, also called the Black Widow and first designated as the XP-61,is the first fighter aircraft to be a night fighter
  • No. 61 (Rust and Blue) is a 1953 painting by the Russian-American Abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko
  • Psalm 61
  • Section 61 of the Internal Revenue Service code defines gross income
  • SixtyOne is a WordPress theme

For those who need to know, celebrations for today
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Human Spirit Day
Random Acts of Kindness Day
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Crab Races Day

105 thoughts on “On 61

  1. Is it your birthday Frank, and are you now the famous “61”? I would not want to be the one, who did not say Happy Birthday. (If it is not your birthday, please apply these wishes to the correct day this year). ;-D


      • It just had to be… why try and hide it… I hope you have many many more Frank and it feels quite nice to get closer the scores we play in golf, a few years older than you but not many.. but in 15 odd years I might be able to play to my age…


        • Playing one’s ago has got to tough to accomplish, when for those who make it happen, wonderful!

          My cryptic side is one of the things that kick in on my birthday. Last year I a similar post about 60, but it was 60 tidbits about 60 … and the last one revealed the day …and that was the first time I celebrated my birthday here on the actual day. Other number tributes for my birthday weren’t on the day itself … and sometimes months later. I guess that’s one of my personal quirks. Here’s 60 …. https://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/on-60/


  2. “61”, altmışbir…. Wonderful post. As Diogenes Laertius tells us about life of Pythagoras, he divides the life of man thus. A boy for twenty years ; a young man for twenty years; a middle-aged man for twenty years; an wise man for twenty years. 🙂 Happy Birthday dear Frank, I wish all the best in your new age…. I am coming soon behind yours too! Thank you, love, nia


  3. Hey You!! Top of the Happy Birthday morning!!
    Your special day seems to be filled with “do this-do that”, and it sounds as if you are going to appreciate this present in song and sunshine I found for you. Personally, I’m with Carrie’s comment…quiet is best.
    Special Day wishes to you aFA….It’s a quiet thing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdJClQj2Aro
    PS A favourite song gift given quietly to a favourite….


    • Raye,
      What a beautiful musical treat. Actually listening to it again!!! ,,, and it caused me to MUTE the morning news! More importantly, you taking the time to deliver this treat deserves a big Thank You!


  4. Sure glad you included the Bob Dylan “Highway 61 Revisited” album, which is ranked No. 4 on the Rolling Stone Magazine’s All-Time 500 albums.


  5. I gather it’s your birthday. Happy Birthday, Frank! 🙂 I had to hop over to Dogfish Head to check out that beer. M and I have been to Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth recently, and I couldn’t remember Sixty-One until I read the description. I’ll have to try it next time we’re there. I like IPA’s. Not sure about wine in my beer, but I’m game. After all, I used to brew Spruce Beer using the new spring growth from the spruce tree, and other “weird beers” with herbs and spices. Why not wine?


    • Robin,
      It’s amazing all the flavors that brewers conjure up with beer! Meanwhile, glad I was able to give you something to try in the future. Thanks for popping over to deliver a birthday greeting!


    • Kimberly,
      Awesome … now the pressure is on me to remember to stop by! I’m delaying my birthday Graete’s to Wednesday because that day is Chocolate Mint Day …. so hey …. no better place to celebrate than Graeter’s!!!! Meanwhile, many thanks for the birthday greeting.


  6. Divisible by 1, 61, and 8! + 1

    Oops. 8! + 1 = 40,321. That’s the square of 61, plus 1. But, that’s interesting too.

    It is 61 miles from somewhere in Joplin, MO to Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges art museum in Bentonville Arkansas, a distance we covered in approximately 61 minutes today. It was glorious (including lunch!) and we highly recommend it to all. 🙂


    • Mouse,
      Many thanks for the birthday cheers. My wife was saying last night about the mundane nature of my day, but hey – it just happens that those things are on my plate this year … and hopefully not next!


  7. I’m very sorry to have missed your birthday, but may the whole year be full of wonderful milestones and simple pleasures. Good health and prosperity in all the ways that matter most to you. And this list, quite the compendium, is fantastic! Happy Birthday all year long, Frank.


  8. not sure what happened, but i thought you had taken a break from blogging because i used to always get email notices of your posts, but i just noticed i’m not getting them anymore. not sure what happened there, but welcome back from the vacation you didn’t take. on purpose.


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