It was Saturday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). In that special week of April people in US were listening to He's So Fine by The Chiffons. In UK How Do You Do It? by Gerry & The Pacemakers was in the top 5 hits. The Idiot, directed by Akira Kurosawa, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963 .
But much more happened that day: find out below..



Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

  • The Day of the TriffidsThe Day of the Triffids
    directed by Steve Sekely
    starring: Nicole Maurey, Howard Keel, Janette Scott
  • Bye Bye BirdieBye Bye Birdie
    directed by George Sidney
    starring: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh
  • It Happened at the World's FairIt Happened at the World's Fair
    directed by Norman Taurog
    starring: Elvis Presley, Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood
  • The BirdsThe Birds
    directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    starring: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of Saturday, 20 April 1963 ?

  • USA- National High Five Day
  • Blessed Oda (d. 1158)
  • Saint Victor (d.303)
  • Saint Marcellinus
  • Ridv�n begins at sunset (Bah�'f Faith).
  • Festival of Matsu, Southeast Asia (2006).
  • Astrology: First day of sun sign Taurus.
  • Islam - Muhammad's Birthday observed in (2004)
  • April 20 (4/20) is associated with 420 (cannabis culture).
  • Saint Theotimus (died 407)

  • Sophie closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 8 performances

Famous People born
Kal Swan: Heavy metal rocker
Brett Edward Garsed in Victoria: Australia; heavy metal artist (Nelson).
Aubrey de Grey: British biomedical gerontologist
Mauricio Gugelmin: Brazilian racing driver


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

The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris L. West

The Shoes of the Fisherman

by Morris L. West

A pope has died, and the corridors of the Vatican hum with intrigue as cardinals from all over the world gather to choose his successor. Suddenly, the election is concluded with a surprise result. [...]

The Group by Mary McCarth

The Group

by Mary McCarth


Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour-An Introduction by J.D. Salinger

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour-An Introduction

by J.D. Salinger

The author writes: The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker ? RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS in 1955, SEYMOUR ? An Introduction in 1959. [...]

Caravans by James A. Michener


by James A. Michener

First published in 1963, James A. Michener’s gripping chronicle of the social and political landscape of Afghanistan is more relevant now than ever. Combining fact with riveting adventure and intrigue, Michener follows a military man tasked, in the years after World War II, with a dangerous assignment: finding and returning a young American woman living in Afghanistan to her distraught family after she suddenly and mysteriously disappears. [...]

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