It was Saturday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). In that special week of September people in US were listening to Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton. In UK She Loves You by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits. The Haunting, directed by Robert Wise, 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 September 1963 ?

  • Dementia 13Dementia 13
    directed by Francis Coppola
    starring: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton
  • Vivre Sa VieVivre Sa Vie
    directed by Jean-Luc Godard
    starring: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, Andr S. Labarthe
  • The HauntingThe Haunting
    directed by Robert Wise
    starring: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
  • X: The Man with the X-Ray EyesX: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
    directed by Roger Corman
    starring: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone
  • HarakiriHarakiri
    directed by Masaki Kobayashi
    starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita


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Historical Events

Which were the important events of Saturday, 21 September 1963 ?

  • Mabon - Neopagan festival of Mabon
  • International Day of Peace of the United Nations, as propagated by Peace One Day
  • In ancient Greece, the eighth day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, when the secret rites in the Telesterion finish and the feast, Pannychis, begins.
  • Philippines - Thanksgiving Day
  • Independence Day in Malta (1964), Belize (1981) & Armenia (1991)
  • Also see September 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • RC Saints - Matthew the Evangelist

Famous People born
Cecil Fielder: Los Angeles, California -- Infielder (Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees)
Curtly Ambrose: Antiguan West Indies cricketer
Angus Macfadyen: Scottish actor

Famous People died
Paulino Masip: Spanish playwright (Born 1899)

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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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