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Friday 16 June 1961

It was Friday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Can Dündar and Steve Larmer. In that special week of June people in US were listening to Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson. In UK Surrender by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits. The Guns of Navarone, directed by J. Lee Thompson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while Skyline by Gene Fowler 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 30 days ?

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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The Last Sunset

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Starring: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone

Country: United States

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Ashes and Diamonds

Directed by: Andrzej Wajda

Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Starring: Tony Hancock, Hugh Lloyd

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Asphalt Jungle

Starring: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, William Smith

Country: United States

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Starring: Tony Young, Preston Foster, Midge Ware, Dee Pollock

Country: United States

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The Americans

Starring: Darryl Hickman, Richard Davalos, John McIntire

Country: United States

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The Porter Wagoner Show

Starring: Porter Wagoner, Speck Rhodes, Mack Magaha, Don Howser

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 16 June 1961 ?

  • South Africa - Youth Day.
  • Roman Catholic Church - Feast of Saint John Regis, patron of medical social workers.
  • Bloomsday, in honour of Leopold Bloom, the hero of James Joyce's Ulysses set on 16 June, 1904.
  • 16 June Movement
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Famous Deaths:
  • Marcel Junod: Swiss physician and anesthesiologist (d. 1961).
  • Dave Garroway is fired as Today Show host
  • Discoverer 25 launched
  • Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West in Paris, France.
  • A Paris-to-Strasbourg train derails near Vitry-le-François 24 are killed, 109 injured.
  • The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.

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


By: Gene Fowler

hardback book with dust jacket titled SKYLINE by Gene Fowler.

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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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Sketches From Life

By: Dean Acheson

In these spirited pages we meet certain famous men whom Mr. Acheson has known and-for the most part-cherished.

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A Journey To Matecumbe

By: Robert Lewis Taylor

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS By JOSEPH PAPIN. The book is about an adventure tale set on the Mississippi River down to the Florida Keys.

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