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Wednesday 15 May 1957

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Clark Davis and Juan Jose Ibarretxe. In that special week of May people in US were listening to All Shook Up by Elvis Presley. In UK Butterfly by Andy Williams was in the top 5 hits. Desk Set, directed by Walter Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1957 while The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Date with the Angels.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Desk Set

Directed by: Walter Lang

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young

Country: United States

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Reach for the Sky

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Starring: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook

Country: United States

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The Spirit of St. Louis

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith

Country: United States

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12 Angry Men

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam

Country: United States

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Date with the Angels

Starring: Betty White, Bill Williams

Country: United States

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Men, Women and Clothes

Starring: Doris Langley Moore, Basil Bartlett, Lady Rose Bligh, Dora Bryan

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Silent Service

Starring: Thomas M. Dykers, Eric Morris

Country: United States

Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans

Starring: John Hart, Lon Chaney Jr.

Country: Canada

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The Spike Jones Show

Starring: Billy Barty, Spike Jones, Helen Grayco, Jad Paul

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 15 May 1957 ?

  • Paraguay - Independence Day. Celebrations for the anniversary of the independence begin on Flag Day, 14 May.
  • Nakba Day in Palestinian communities.
  • Roman Empire - Mercuralia in honor of Mercury held.
  • International day of climate changes.
  • International conscientious objectors' day.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Clark Davis: Canadian champion wrestler for some years, representing Canada at the Los Angeles Olympics 1984.
  • Juan Jose Ibarretxe: Basque statesman.
  • Jean : Luxembourgian prince, the second son of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium.
  • Margaretha : Luxembourgian and Liechtenstein princess, the fourth child and second daughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium.
  • Meg Gardiner: American-English author and academic.
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  • 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden - Billy Graham launched a crusade
  • 1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)
  • At Malden Island in the Pacific, Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb in Operation Grapple. The device fails to detonate properly.

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

The Black Obelisk

By: Erich Maria Remarque

From the author of the masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front, The Black Obelisk is a classic novel of the troubling aftermath of World War I in Germany.A

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The Towers Of Trebizond

By: Rose Macaulay

Hailed as "an utter delight, the most brilliant witty and charming book I have read since I can't remember when" by The New York Times when it was originally published in

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The Lion'S Share

By: Bosley Crowther

Size: 5 ½ x 8 ½ (approximately)Pages: 320 pages

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The Crisis Of The Old Order

By: Arthur Schlesinger

In the quarter of a century since Franklin Roosevelt promised a new deal to the American people, a whole generation has come to maturity that knew nothing of the excitement of

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