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Sunday 17 December 1961

It was Sunday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Sara Dallin and Venice Kong. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes. In UK Tower Of Strength by Frankie Vaughan was in the top 5 hits. Lover Come Back, directed by Delbert Mann, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Poly.
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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

Lover Come Back

Directed by: Delbert Mann

Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall

Country: United States

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark

Country: United States

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The Children's Hour

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

Country: United States

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Pocketful of Miracles

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange

Country: United States

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One, Two, Three

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The New Breed

Written by: Hank Searls

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, John Beradino, John Clarke, Greg Roman

Country: United States

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The Dick Van Dyke Show

Written by: Carl Reiner

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews

Country: United States

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Written by: Harry Redmond Jr.

Starring: Larry Pennell, Ken Curtis, Shug Fisher

Country: United States

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87th Precinct

Written by: Evan Hunter

Starring: Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott, Norman Fell

Country: United States

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The Bullwinkle Show

Starring: June Foray, Paul Frees, William Conrad, Bill Scott

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 December 1961 ?

Famous Birthdays:
  • Sara Dallin: English singer and bass player (Bananarama).
  • Venice Kong: St. Mary, Jamaica -- Playmate (September, 1985).
  • Sarah Dallin: rocker (Bananarama - "Venus").
  • Sam Robards: American actor and noted family, the son of Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards who divorced when he was eight.
  • Mansoor al-Jamri: Bahraini journalist and author.
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Famous Deaths:
  • India seizes Goa and 2 other Portuguese colonies
  • Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro catches fire; 323 die
  • Disgruntled employee sets fire to a Niteroi Circus of Rio de Janeiro circus tent in Niteroi, Brazil; 323 die.
  • History of Goa: Operation Vijay : India seizes Goa from Portugal.
  • A circus tent fire in Niterói, Brazil kills 323.

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

The Incredible Journey

By: Sheila Burnford

Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian

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The Making Of The President 1960

By: Theodore H. White

The greatest political story ever told—the epic clash between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, as captured in Theodore White's dramatic and groundbreaking chronicleThe Making of the President 1960 is

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The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich

By: William L. Shirer

Hailed as “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times), this definitive chronicle of Hitler’s rise to power is back in hardcover with a

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I Met A Lady

By: Howard Spring

Howard Spring writes about his own life in the character of George Ledra, in this reprint of a novel which stretches over the two World Wars.

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