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Friday 2 November 1956

It was Friday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Kitt Reuter-Foss and Peter Mullan. In that special week of November people in US were listening to The Green Door by Jim Lowe. In UK A Woman In Love by Frankie Laine was in the top 5 hits. Friendly Persuasion, directed by William Wyler, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956 while The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Nat King Cole Show.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Friendly Persuasion

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins

Country: United States

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I Vitelloni

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi

Country: United States

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Around the World in Eighty Days

Directed by: Michael Anderson

Starring: David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie

Country: United States

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Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean

Country: United States

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The Ten Commandments

Directed by: Cecil B. de Mille

Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

The Nat King Cole Show

Starring: Nat 'King' Cole, Nelson Riddle

Country: United States

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West Point

Starring: Donald May

Country: United States

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Zane Grey Theater

Written by: Luke Short, Charles A. Wallace

Starring: Dick Powell

Country: United States

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Wire Service

Starring: Dane Clark, Mercedes McCambridge, George Brent

Country: United States

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The Adventures of Hiram Holliday

Starring: Wally Cox, Ainslie Pryor

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2 November 1956 ?

  • Catholicism - All Souls Day (unless on a Sunday)
  • Rastafari movement - The coronation of Haile Selassie (1930) celebrated
  • USA - admission day (1889) of North Dakota and South Dakota as 39th and 40th states.
  • Ancient Latvia - Dveselu Diena held
  • Mexico and the United States - Day of the Dead (Spanish: El Dia de los Muertos), a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of dead ancestors.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Kitt Reuter-Foss: American mezzo soprano opera singer with an operatic repertoire that includes the roles of "Suzuki" in Madame Butterfly" and "Flora" in "La Traviata," as well as performances in "Rigoletto," "Cosi Fan Tutte" and "The Ghosts of Versailles.
  • Peter Mullan: Scottish actor.
  • Dale Brown: American author and pilot.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Israel captures Gaza and Sheham.
  • Hungary appeals for United Nations assistance against Soviet invasion.

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

The Last Hurrah

By: Edwin O'Connor

O'Connor's 1956 account of big-city politics, inspired by the career of longtime Boston Mayor James M. Curley, portrays its Irish-American political boss as a demagogue and a rogue who nonetheless deeply understands his constituents.

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Don'T Go Near The Water

By: William Brinkley

At once a rousing entertaining farce and gentle love story, this novel is set on a remote Pacific island during the waning days of the World War II.

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The Loving Couple

By: Virginia Rowans

"THE LOVING COUPLE: HIS STORY BY VIRGINIA ROWANS, AUTHOR OF "HOUSE PARTY". "He stepped out of his pajama bottoms, hung them up with great care, opened the bathroom door, and stalked---silent,

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Men To Match My Mountains

By: Irving Stone

A collection of stories which provides an insight into the colorful and diverse personalities of the settlers who helped tame America's Far West.

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