It was Thursday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). In that special week of October people in US were listening to Sleep Walk by Santo and Johnny. In UK Only Sixteen by Craig Douglas was in the top 5 hits. The Lovers, directed by Louis Malle, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1959 .
But much more happened that day: find out below..



Which were the most popular movies released in October 1959 ?

  • The LoversThe Lovers
    directed by Louis Malle
    starring: Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory
  • The Mouse That RoaredThe Mouse That Roared
    directed by Jack Arnold
    starring: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell
  • A Summer PlaceA Summer Place
    directed by Delmer Daves
    starring: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee
  • A Bucket of BloodA Bucket of Blood
    directed by Roger Corman
    starring: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone
  • The Wonderful CountryThe Wonderful Country
    directed by Robert Parrish
    starring: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill


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Historical Events

Which were the important events of Thursday, 01 October 1959 ?

  • Singapore - Children's Day
  • Also see October 1 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • World Vegetarian Day
  • French Republican Calendar - Cuve (Barrel) Day, tenth day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • Tuvalu - Independence Day (from Gilbert Islands (Kiribati), 1975)
  • San Marino - two Captains Regent, elected by parliament, take office for six months.
  • Nigeria - Independence Day (from Britain, 1960)
  • People's Republic of China - National Day (1949)
  • RC Church - Feast days of Saint ThTrFse de Lisieux; formerly of Saint Bavo and Saint Remigius
  • Republic of Cyprus - Independence Day (from Britain, 1960)

  • 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature a New York team (LA vs. Chic)

Famous People born
Mark Aizlewood: Welsh footballer
Youssou N'Dour: Senegalese singer

Famous People died
Enrico de Nicola: 1st President of the Italian Republic (Born 1877)

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Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks ?

Exodus by Leon Uris


by Leon Uris

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event.  Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning [...]

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Doctor Zhivago

by Boris Pasternak

First published in Italy in 1957 amid international controversy, Doctor Zhivago is the story of the life and loves of a poet/physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. [...]

Hawaii by James A. Michener


by James A. Michener

Pulitzer Prize–winning author James A. Michener brings Hawaii’s epic history vividly to life in a classic saga that has captivated readers since its initial publication in 1959. [...]

Advise and Consent by Allen Drur

Advise and Consent

by Allen Drur


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