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Monday 13 August 1951

It was Monday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Dan Fogelberg and Amy Shapiro. A Place in the Sun, directed by George Stevens, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1951 while The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Adventures of Kit Carson.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

A Place in the Sun

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters

Country: United States

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Oliver Twist

Directed by: David Lean

Starring: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh

Country: United States

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Alice in Wonderland

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Starring: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn

Country: United States

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Show Boat

Directed by: George Sidney

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel

Country: United States

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Strangers on a Train

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Adventures of Kit Carson

Starring: Bill Williams, Don Diamond

Country: United States

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Tales of Tomorrow

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Walter Abel, Edgar Stehli

Country: United States

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Comedy Circus

Country: United States

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Front Page Detective

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Paula Drew, George Pembroke

Country: United States

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The Amos 'n Andy Show

Written by: Charles J. Correll, Freeman F. Gosden

Starring: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 13 August 1951 ?

  • International Lefthanders Day
  • St. Wigbert
  • RC saints - Pontianus and Hippolytus, Radegunde (help against the pox), Cassianus of Imola (patron of shorthand-writers)
  • In Brasil, Friday 13 August (agosto) is considered to be especially filled with sorrow (desgosto)
  • Roman Catholicism - the feasts of at least 6 saints: St. Hippolytus
Famous Birthdays:
  • Dan Fogelberg: American singer, songwriter with a sweet face and sweet voice.
  • Amy Shapiro: American astrologer whose interest in astrology and metaphysics began in 1965 with teacher Isabel Hickey, author of "Astrology: A Cosmic Science," at Boston School of Astrology.
  • Daniel Amos: American CEO executive of American Family, an insurance corporation.
  • Denis Pessin: French political cartoonist.
  • Ric Parnell: English drummer and songwriter (Atomic Rooster and Nova).
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  • Great-Britain and Iraq sign new oil contract

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Which were the top hits in that special week of August 1951 ?

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh? - April Stevens (Henri Rene Orchestra)

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

The Cruel Sea

By: Nicholas Monsarrat

A powerful novel of the North Atlantic in World Wat II, this is the story of the British ships Compass Rose and Saltash and of their desparate cat-and-mouse game with Nazi U-boats.

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The Caine Mutiny

By: Herman Wouk

The Novel that Inspired the Now-Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life-and mutiny-on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater was immediately embraced, upon ...

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The Sea Around Us

By: Rachel Carson

Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on ...

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Return To Paradise

By: James A. Michener

James A. Michener, the master of historical fiction, revisits the scenes of his first great work, Tales of the South Pacific, the Pulitzer Prize winner that brought him international acclaim.

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