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Thursday 17 September 1953

It was Thursday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Junior Bridgeman and Morgan White. In UK Look At That Girl by Guy Mitchell was in the top 5 hits. A Lion Is in the Streets, directed by Raoul Walsh, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1953 while Too Late The Phalarope by Alan Paton was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Loretta Young Show.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

A Lion Is in the Streets

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: James Cagney, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Ford

Starring: Clark Gable, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner

Country: United States

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The Robe

Directed by: Henry Koster

Starring: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature

Country: United States

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Island in the Sky

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan, Walter Abel

Country: United States

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Roman Holiday

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Loretta Young Show

Starring: Loretta Young

Country: United States

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The Ray Milland Show

Written by: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher

Starring: Ray Milland, Phyllis Avery

Country: United States

The Bob Crosby Show

Starring: The Modernaires, Paula Kelly, Joan O'Brien, Stephen Dunne

Country: United States

I Led 3 Lives

Starring: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba

Country: United States

The Quatermass Experiment

Starring: Reginald Tate, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 September 1953 ?

  • RC Saints - Feasts of Saint Lambert (martyr), Hildegard of Bingen
  • United States - Constitution Day (observed on the previous Friday if it falls in a weekend), Citizenship Day, Von Steuben Day
  • Netherlands - Operation Market Garden is still remembered with parachuting and dedications on this day.
  • Also see September 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The fourth day of the Eleusinian Mysteries in ancient Greek mythology, when the initiates sacrificed a pig.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Junior Bridgeman
  • Morgan White: American trivia buff who calls himself the "Trivia King," White makes 300 appearances a year in nightclubs, corporate parties and radio talk show that demonstrate his amazing ability to amass an astonishing amount of useless, arcane information.
  • Tamasin Day-Lewis: English chef and author.
  • Altaf Hussain: Pakistani-English soldier and politician.
  • Rita Rudner: American actress and screenwriter.
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Famous Deaths:
  • 1st successful separation of Siamese twins
  • Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

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

Too Late The Phalarope

By: Alan Paton

TOO LATE THE PHALAROPE is set in South Africa, as well as its predecessor, CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY. And like that earlier novel, TOO LATE THE PHALAROPE uses the lives of

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Kingfishers Catch Fire

By: Rumer Godden

A powerful novel about idealism and its consequences set in the Himalayas. Set in Kashmir, this is the story of Sophie, a young and idealistic Englishwoman with two young daughters who

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A House Is Not A Home

By: Polly Adler

Polly Adler's "house"―the brothel that gave this best-selling 1953 autobiography its title―was a major site of New York City underworld activity from the 1920s through the 1940s.

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The Rommel Papers

By: B.H. Liddell Hart

When Erwin Rommel died—by forced suicide at Hitler’s command—he left behind in various ingenious hiding places the papers that recorded the story of his dramatic career and the exact details of

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