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Tuesday 19 December 1961

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Scott Cohen (actor) and Reggie White. In that special week of December people in US were listening to The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens. In UK Tower Of Strength by Frankie Vaughan was in the top 5 hits. The Innocents, directed by Jack Clayton, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while The Coming Fury by Bruce Catton was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Poly.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

The Innocents

Directed by: Jack Clayton

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins

Country: United States

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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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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 19 December 1961 ?

  • 2003 - the events of the fictional docu-drama The Day Britain Stopped take place.
  • Roman festivals - Opalia
  • Also see December 19 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
Famous Birthdays:
  • Scott Cohen (actor)
  • Reggie White: American athlete, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, finishing up his career with the Carolina panthers in 2000.
  • Matthew Waterhouse: English actor and author.
  • Patrick Foran: American member of an aircraft maintenance crew, the 128th Air Refueling Group of the Wisconsin National Guard specialist team.
  • Abigail Johnson: American financial services executive, daughter of Edward C. "Ned" Johnson, chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments, 4th richest man in US with a family fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at least $5.
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  • Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization.
  • British government begins process of switching to decimal coin system.
  • India annexes Daman and Diu, part of Portuguese India.

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

The Coming Fury

By: Bruce Catton

Dust jacket notes: "In words that weave history into art, Bruce Catton has created a book about the coming of the Civil War that is at once a broad canvas and

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To Kill a Mockingbird

By: Harper Lee

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960.

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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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A Nation Of Sheep

By: William J. Lederer

Nation Of Sheep, A, by Lederer, William J.

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