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Wednesday 12 April 1961

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Aries. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Lisa Gerrard and Magda Szubanski. In that special week of April people in US were listening to Blue Moon by The Marcels. In UK Wooden Heart by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits. La Dolce Vita, directed by Federico Fellini, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while Fate Is The Hunter by Ernest K. Gann was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Viendo a Biondi.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

La Dolce Vita

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aime

Country: United States

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Directed by: Karel Reisz

Starring: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts

Country: United States

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One-Eyed Jacks

Directed by: Marlon Brando

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer

Country: United States

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Ice Cold in Alex

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Starring: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms

Country: United States

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The AbsentMinded Professor

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

The Asphalt Jungle

Starring: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, William Smith

Country: United States

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Starring: Tony Young, Preston Foster, Midge Ware, Dee Pollock

Country: United States

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The Americans

Starring: Darryl Hickman, Richard Davalos, John McIntire

Country: United States

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The Porter Wagoner Show

Starring: Porter Wagoner, Speck Rhodes, Mack Magaha, Don Howser

Country: United States

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Starring: Aubrey Buxton, Duncan Carse, Rolf Harris, Patrick Allen

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 April 1961 ?

  • Saint Julius I
  • Saint Zeno of Verona
  • Saint Erkembode
  • Saint Damian
  • Yuri's Night, an international celebration of the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin; in Russia (and formerly in USSR), the Cosmonautics Day.
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Famous Deaths:
  • 3rd Grammy Awards: Theme From a Summer Place, Ray Charles wins 4
  • Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes 1st person to orbit Earth (Vostok 1)
  • Third Grammy Awards: "Theme From a Summer Place" wins, Ray Charles wins four awards.
  • Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner.
  • The Russian (Soviet) cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1).

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

Fate Is The Hunter

By: Ernest K. Gann

Ernest K. Gann’s classic memoir is an up-close and thrilling account of the treacherous early days of commercial aviation. In his inimitable style, Gann brings you right into the cockpit, recounting

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Profiles In Courage

By: John F. Kennedy

Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage served as a clarion call to every American.

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The Snake Has All The Lines

By: Jean Kerr

Hilarious essays on family and theatrical life.

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Sermons And Soda Water

By: John O'Hara

First editions in original yellow, gray and blue cloth. Slipcased. Books are all in about fine condition, without djs as issued.

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