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Tuesday 12 December 1961

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Daniel O'Donnell and Sarah Sutton. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes. In UK Tower Of Strength by Frankie Vaughan was in the top 5 hits. The Children's Hour, directed by William Wyler, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while Ring Of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Comedy Playhouse.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

Judgment at Nuremberg

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark

Country: United States

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The Children's Hour

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

Country: United States

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Pocketful of Miracles

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange

Country: United States

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One, Two, Three

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin

Country: United States

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El Cid

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Starring: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The New Breed

Written by: Hank Searls

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, John Beradino, John Clarke, Greg Roman

Country: United States

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The Dick Van Dyke Show

Written by: Carl Reiner

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews

Country: United States

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Written by: Harry Redmond Jr.

Starring: Larry Pennell, Ken Curtis, Shug Fisher

Country: United States

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87th Precinct

Written by: Evan Hunter

Starring: Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott, Norman Fell

Country: United States

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The Bullwinkle Show

Starring: June Foray, Paul Frees, William Conrad, Bill Scott

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 December 1961 ?

  • Bah�'f Faith - Feast of Mas�'il (Questions) - First day of the 15th month of the Bah�'f Calendar
  • R.C. Saints - optional memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Also see December 12 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Kenya - Jamhuri Day: Independence Day (from Britain, 1963)
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Famous Deaths:
  • Ham radio satellite Oscar 1 launched with military Discoverer 36.
  • Martin Luther King Jr and 700 demonstrators arrested in Albany, Georgia, USA.

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

Ring Of Bright Water

By: Gavin Maxwell

Hailed as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1960, the story of Gavin Maxwell’s life with otters on the remote west coast of Scotland remains one of the most

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The Judas Tree

By: A.J. Cronin

In a story of wide and fascinating detail A. J. Cronin tells of Dr. David Morey who tries to atone for his desertion of the woman he loved.Beguiled

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A Nation Of Sheep

By: William J. Lederer

Nation Of Sheep, A, by Lederer, William J.

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My Life In Court

By: Louis Nizer

2012 Reprint of 1961 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. In this title Nizer recounts some of his significant civil and criminal

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