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Wednesday 17 October 1951

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Jean-Luc Thierry and François Allot. The History of Mr. Polly, directed by Anthony Pélissier, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1951 while The Holy Sinner by Thomas Mann was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Foreign Intrigue.
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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

Detective Story

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix

Country: United States

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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Starring: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy

Country: United States

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The Lavender Hill Mob

Directed by: Charles Crichton

Starring: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James

Country: United States

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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Directed by: Albert Lewin

Starring: James Mason, Ava Gardner, Nigel Patrick

Country: United States

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Love Nest

Directed by: Joseph Newman

Starring: June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

I Love Lucy

Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Country: United States

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Mark Saber

Starring: Tom Conway, James Burke

Country: United States

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Sky King

Starring: Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters

Country: United States

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Boston Blackie

Starring: Kent Taylor, Lois Collier, Frank Orth

Country: United States

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The Adventures of Kit Carson

Starring: Bill Williams, Don Diamond

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 October 1951 ?

  • R.C. Saints - Saint Ignatius of Antioch; translation of Saint Audrey (�thelthryth); Saint Richard Gwyn
  • United States - Black Poetry Day
  • UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • French Republican Calendar - Aubergine (Eggplant) Day, twenty-sixth day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • Haiti - Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1806), State holiday
Famous Birthdays:
  • Jean-Luc Thierry: French anti-nuclear and environmental activist, a conscientious objector who led the campaign "Superphénix and the bomb" in 1984.
  • François Allot: French graphic designer, cartoonist, animator and production designer.
  • Annie Borckink: Dutch speed skater.
  • Roger Pontare: Swedish singer.
  • Shari Ulrich: American-Canadian singer-songwriter and violinist (Hometown Band The Pied Pumkin and UHF).
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  • Egyptian army fires on British troops
  • CBS' Eye logo premieres on TV.

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

The Holy Sinner

By: Thomas Mann

First published in 1951, The Holy Sinner explores a subject that fascinated Thomas Mann to the end of his life—the origins of evil and evil's connection with magic.

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Return To Paradise

By: James A. Michener

James A. Michener, the master of historical fiction, revisits the scenes of his first great work, Tales of the South Pacific, the Pulitzer Prize winner that brought him international acclaim.

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White Man Returns

By: Agnes Newton Keith

White Man Returns

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A Soldier'S Story

By: Omar Nelson Bradley

D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Paris, the relentless drive through Germany toward Allied victory--Omar Bradley, the "GI General," was there for every major engagement in the European

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