It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). In that special week of December people in US were listening to Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) by The Byrds. In UK The Carnival Is Over by The Seekers was in the top 5 hits. The Flight of the Phoenix, directed by Robert Aldrich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965 .
But much more happened that day: find out below..



Which were the most popular movies released in December 1965 ?

  • The Slender ThreadThe Slender Thread
    directed by Sydney Pollack
    starring: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas
  • Doctor ZhivagoDoctor Zhivago
    directed by David Lean
    starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin
  • ThunderballThunderball
    directed by Terence Young
    starring: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi
  • The Spy Who Came in from the ColdThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold
    directed by Martin Ritt
    starring: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom
  • Battle of the BulgeBattle of the Bulge
    directed by Ken Annakin
    starring: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan


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Historical Events

Which were the important events of Thursday, 16 December 1965 ?

  • R.C. Saints - O Sapientia ; Adelaide of Italy
  • South Africa - Day of Reconciliation
  • Nepal - Constitution Day (To be confirmed)
  • Kazakhstan - Independence Day
  • Bahrain - National Day
  • Bangladesh - Victory Day

  • Gemini 6 returns to Earth.
  • Pioneer 6 launched into solar orbit.
  • Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.

Famous People born
Romallis Ellis: Washington, DC -- Lightweight boxer (1988 Olympics - Bronze Medalist)
Moe Elewonibi; NFL/Canadian Football League tackle (Philadelphia Eagles: British Columbia Lions).
Chris Jones in Utica: New York, USA; outfielder (New York Mets).
Brent Franklin in Barrie: Ontario, Canada; Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Japan Open-second).
Cynthia Lynne White in Oklahoma City: Oklahoma, USA; Miss Oklahoma-America (1991-top 10).
Page Dunlap in Harrisonburg: Virginia, USA; LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Women's-8th).
Nancy Valen: American actress
Melanie Sloan: American attorney

Famous People died
W. Somerset Maugham: English writer (Born 1874)

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

The Source by James A. Michener

The Source

by James A. Michener

In his signature style of grand storytelling, James A. Michener transports us back thousands of years to the Holy Land. Through the discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of Tell Makor, Michener vividly re-creates life in an ancient city and traces the profound history of the Jewish people—from the persecution of the early Hebrews, the rise of Christianity, and the Crusades to the founding of Israel and the modern conflict [...]

Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman

Up the Down Staircase

by Bel Kaufman

Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase is one of the best-loved novels of our time. It has been translated into sixteen languages, made into a prize-winning motion picture, and staged as a play at high schools all over the United States; its very title has become part of the American idiom. [...]

Herzog by Saul Bellow


by Saul Bellow

In one of his finest achievements, Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow presents a multifaceted portrait of a modern-day hero, a man struggling with the complexity of existence and longing for redemption.This [...]

The Looking Glass War by John Le Carre

The Looking Glass War

by John Le Carre

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Delicate Truth and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"You are either good or bad, and both are dangerous."It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. [...]

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