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Wednesday 12 July 1961

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Cancer. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Bob Shafran and Dave Kellman. In that special week of July people in US were listening to Tossin' And Turnin' by Bobby Lewis. In UK Runaway by Del Shannon was in the top 5 hits. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, directed by Irwin Allen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Kraft Mystery Theater.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Directed by: Irwin Allen

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden

Country: United States

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Rocco and His Brothers

Directed by: Luchino Visconti

Starring: Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot

Country: United States

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The Guns of Navarone

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Starring: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn

Country: United States

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The Parent Trap

Directed by: David Swift

Starring: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith

Country: United States

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Elevator to the Gallows

Directed by: Louis Malle

Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Kraft Mystery Theater

Starring: Lee Patterson, Conrad Phillips, Keir Dullea, Patricia Dainton

Country: United States

Inspektor Hornleigh greift ein...

Starring: Helmut Peine, Wolfgang Forester, Horst Breitkreuz, Inge Schmidt


Starring: Tony Hancock, Hugh Lloyd

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Ernie Kovacs Show

Starring: Bob Lauher, Jolene Brand, Maggi Brown, Joe Mikolas

Country: United States

Viendo a Biondi

Starring: Raúl Lavié, Silvia Legrand, Pedro Quartucci, Joe Rígoli

Country: Argentina

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 July 1961 ?

  • Sveti Petar (St. Peter)
  • Sunset and sunrise occur along Manhattan's street grid centerline
  • Newfoundland - Orangemen's Day
  • Northern Ireland - Battle of the Boyne Day (also known as Orangemen's Day or the Twelfth, see Irish calendar).
  • Mongolia - Naadam Holiday (2nd day)
Famous Birthdays:
  • Bob Shafran: American entrepreneur, the first born of triplets separated at birth.
  • Dave Kellman: American restaurateur, he was one of triplets reunited with his brothers, Eddie and Bob, in 1980 after seeing their picture in a paper and contacting them.
  • Bruce Braman: Greene, New York -- Canoeist (1996 Olympics).
  • Heikko Glode: German footballer.
  • Heikko Glöde: German footballer and manager.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Pune floods due to failure of the Khadakwasla and Panshet dams. Half of Pune is submerged, more than 100,000 families need to be relocated and the death tally exceeds 2,000.
  • A Czechoslovakian Ilyushin Il-18 crashes while attempting to land at Casablanca, Morocco, killing all 72 persons on board.

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Life magazine


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

To Kill a Mockingbird

By: Harper Lee

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960.

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A Shooting Star

By: Wallace Stegner


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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 Making Of The President 1960

By: Theodore H. White

The greatest political story ever told—the epic clash between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, as captured in Theodore White's dramatic and groundbreaking chronicleThe Making of the President 1960 is

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