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Wednesday 17 October 1956

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Henri Giscard d'Estaing and Robin LO Linschoten. In UK A Woman In Love by Frankie Laine was in the top 5 hits. I Vitelloni, directed by Federico Fellini, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956 while The Nun'S Story by Kathryn Hulme was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

I Vitelloni

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi

Country: United States

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Around the World in Eighty Days

Directed by: Michael Anderson

Starring: David Niven, Cantinflas, Finlay Currie

Country: United States

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Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean

Country: United States

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The Ten Commandments

Directed by: Cecil B. de Mille

Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter

Country: United States

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Tea and Sympathy

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

West Point

Starring: Donald May

Country: United States

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Zane Grey Theater

Written by: Luke Short, Charles A. Wallace

Starring: Dick Powell

Country: United States

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Wire Service

Starring: Dane Clark, Mercedes McCambridge, George Brent

Country: United States

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The Adventures of Hiram Holliday

Starring: Wally Cox, Ainslie Pryor

Country: United States

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The Jonathan Winters Show

Starring: Jonathan Winters

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 October 1956 ?

  • 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
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Famous Deaths:
  • Pakistan defeat Australia by nine wickets at 1st attempt
  • The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England.
  • The Game of the Century: 13-year-old Bobby Fischer beats GM Donald Byrne in the NY Rosenwald chess tournament.

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

The Nun'S Story

By: Kathryn Hulme

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Profiles In Courage

By: John F. Kennedy

Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage served as a clarion call to every American.

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A Single Pebble

By: John Hersey

A young American engineer sent to China to inspect the unruly Yangtze River travels up through the river's gorges searching for dam sites.

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The Unicorn And Other Poems

By: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

86 pages. Hardcover.

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