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Wednesday 18 October 1961

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Wynton Marsalis and Eric Jespersen. In that special week of October people in US were listening to Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles. In UK Walking Back To Happiness by Helen Shapiro was in the top 5 hits. West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins, 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 Musik aus Studio B.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

West Side Story

Directed by: Jerome Robbins

Starring: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer

Country: United States

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King of Kings

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield

Country: United States

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Splendor in the Grass

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Starring: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle

Country: United States

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal

Country: United States

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Paris Blues

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

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 18 October 1961 ?

  • Also see October 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • French Republican Calendar - Piment (Chili Pepper) Day, twenty-seventh day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • R.C. Church, Anglican communion, et alii - Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist
  • USA : Alaska: Alaska Day
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Famous Deaths:
  • Tsuru Aoki: Japanese-born American actress (Born 1892).
  • Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to commun attack
  • ''West Side Story'' is released as a film.

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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 Agony and the Ecstasy

By: Irving Stone

Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel of Michaelangelo—in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full. A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo’s dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven ...

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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 Should Have Kissed Her More

By: Alexander King

KING OF THE STORYTELLERS - Favorite raconteur of millions of television fans! Bestselling author of MINE ENEMY GROWS OLDER and MAY THIS HOUSE BE SAFE FROM TIGERS! ALEXANDER KING tells you

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