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Thursday 13 December 1951

It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Robert Lindsay and Patrick Jarreau. On Dangerous Ground, directed by Nicholas Ray, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1951 while The President'S Lady by Irving Stone was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Dragnet.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

On Dangerous Ground

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Starring: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond

Country: United States

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Miracle in Milan

Directed by: Vittorio De Sica

Starring: Emma Gramatica, Francesco Golisano, Paolo Stoppa

Country: United States

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I'll See You in My Dreams

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Doris Day, Danny Thomas, Frank Lovejoy

Country: United States

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Directed by: Brian Desmond-Hurst

Starring: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison

Country: United States

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Superman and the Mole-Men

Directed by: Lee Sholem

Starring: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey

Country: United States

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TV Series

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


Written by: Jack Webb

Starring: Jack Webb

Country: United States

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See It Now

Starring: Edward R. Murrow

Country: United States

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The Dinah Shore Show

Starring: Dinah Shore, Gisele MacKenzie, Fred Waring

Country: United States

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Bob and Ray

Starring: Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, Cloris Leachman, Audrey Meadows

Country: United States

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Out There

Starring: Casey Allen, Robert Webber, Arthur Batanides, Stewart Bradley

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 13 December 1951 ?

  • Roman festivals - Tellus was worshipped in the district Carinae at the Esquiline Hill, and a lectisternium or table was spread for Ceres.
  • R.C. Saints - memorial of Saint Lucy
  • Also see December 13 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • In the Julian calendar before the Gregorian reform, this was the shortest day and longest night, and widely celebrated as such
  • In the Irish calendar the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following the Feast of Saint Lucy were observed as Quarter tense.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Robert Lindsay: Ilketson, England -- Actor (Strike it Rich, King Lear).
  • Patrick Jarreau: French journalist, who has served as editor of Le Monde, editor of the political department of 'd'i-Télé,' and head of the newsroom at Le Monde (print and website editions).
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Famous Deaths:
  • Selim Palmgren: Finnish pianist/composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at age 73.
  • Future British Prime Minister Margaret Roberts Thatcher marries Denis Thatcher.
  • A water storage tank collapses in Tucumcari, New Mexico, resulting in 4 deaths, and 200 buildings destroyed.

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

Top #4 songs in the USA
  1. Four Aces - Tell Me Why
  2. Eddie Fisher - Any Time
  3. Slow Poke - Ralph Flanagan & His Orchestra
  4. Helen O'Connell - Slow Poke

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

The President'S Lady

By: Irving Stone

In this acclaimed biographical novel, Irving Stone brings to life the tender and poignant love story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson. "Beyond any doubt one of the great romances of all time."

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The Forrestal Diaries

By: Walter Millis and E.S. Duffield

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

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A Foreign Policy For Americans

By: Robert A. Taft

The Senator From Ohio Substitutes Same Analysis For Expediency. An essential book on foreign policy.

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Show Biz

By: Abel Green and Joe Laurie Jr

Hardback compendium/chronology, detailed history of popular theatre, radio, film and television, 1905-1950. Written in a crisp and very readable style. Good sourcebook.

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