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Monday 14 September 1959

It was Monday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Morten Harket and Mary Crosby. In that special week of September people in US were listening to The Three Bells by The Browns. In UK Only Sixteen by Craig Douglas was in the top 5 hits. The Magician, directed by Ingmar Bergman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1959 while The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The DuPont Show with June Allyson.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

The Magician

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjrnstrand

Country: United States

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The Tingler

Directed by: William Castle

Starring: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman

Country: United States

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Last Train from Gun Hill

Directed by: John Sturges

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones

Country: United States

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Plan 9 from Outer Space

Directed by: Edward D. Wood Jr.

Starring: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon

Country: United States

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North by Northwest

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Four Just Men

Starring: Richard Conte, Dan Dailey, Lisa Gastoni, Jack Hawkins

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Interpol Calling

Starring: Charles Korvin, Edwin Richfield

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Starring: Darren McGavin, Dick Wessel, Jack Lambert, Burt Reynolds

Country: United States

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Johnny Staccato

Starring: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli

Country: United States

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Starring: Victor Jory, Patrick McVey

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 14 September 1959 ?

  • Eastern Orthodox Church - Exaltation of the Cross, which commemorates the discovery of the (allegedly) original Christian cross in 326 by Helena, mother of Constantine, as well as the recovery from the Persians by Heraclius in 628.
  • Formerly, in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following 14 September were observed as one of the four sets of Ember days. In the Irish calendar they were known as Quarter tense.
  • Roman Catholic Church - Triumph of the Cross (compare May 3, Finding of the Holy Cross).
  • In ancient Greece, the first day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, during which the sacred objects were brought from Eleusis to Athens.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Morten Harket: Norwegian musician, best known as lead singer of the pop-rock group AHA.
  • Mary Crosby: American actress and noted family, the only daughter of Bing Crosby and his second wife, Kathryn Grant.
  • Ashlyn Gere
  • Mary Crosby in Los Angeles: California, USA; actress (Kristin - Dallas, Ice Pirates).
  • John Berry: American singer-songwriter and guitarist.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Wayne Morris: Actor (Kid Galahad), dies of heart attack at 45.
  • WQEX TV channel 16 in Pittsburgh, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.

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

The Ugly American

By: William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick

The multi-million-copy bestseller that coined the phrase for tragic American blunders abroad. In the episode that lends the book its title, the "ugly American" is Homer Atkins, a plain and plain-spoken man, who has been sent by the U.S.

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The Status Seekers

By: Vance Packard

"An explosive exploration of class behavior in America and the hidden barriers that affect you, your community, and your future."

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Charley Weaver'S Letters From Mamma

By: Cliff Arquette

From coast to coast more people are keeping their television sets on much later, more nights because of Cliff Arquette. A regular on NBC's "Jack Paar Show," Cliff's meteoric rise

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The Flame Trees Of Thika

By: Elspeth Huxley

In an open cart Elspeth Huxley set off with her parents to travel to Thika in Kenya. As pioneering settlers, they built a house of grass, ate off a damask cloth

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