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Monday 21 December 1959

It was Monday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Corinne Touzet and Florence Griffith Joyner. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Heartaches By The Number by Guy Mitchell. In UK What Do You Want? by Adam Faith was in the top 5 hits. Solomon and Sheba, directed by King Vidor, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1959 while Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Ivor the Engine.
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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

Solomon and Sheba

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders

Country: United States

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Suddenly, Last Summer

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift

Country: United States

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Black Orpheus

Directed by: Marcel Camus

Starring: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira

Country: United States

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On the Beach

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Starring: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire

Country: United States

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Directed by: Henry Levin

Starring: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Rocky and His Friends

Starring: June Foray, Bill Scott, Edward Everett Horton, Paul Frees

Country: United States

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Mr. Lucky

Written by: Blake Edwards

Starring: John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Tom Brown, Joe Scott

Country: United States

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The Detectives

Starring: Robert Taylor, Tige Andrews, Russell Thorson, Mark Goddard

Country: United States

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The Untouchables

Starring: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

Country: United States

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Adventures in Paradise

Written by: James A. Michener

Starring: Gardner McKay, James Holden

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 December 1959 ?

  • Roman festivals - Divalia in honour of Angerona
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Petrus Canisius ; formerly feast day of Thomas the apostle
  • Also see December 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The summer solstice (Southern Hemisphere) or winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere), sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. It is an important festival in the Chinese calendar.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Corinne Touzet: French actress (especially TV), comedian on stage, and producer, of West Indian descent.
  • Florence Griffith Joyner: American athlete (Born 1959).
  • Sergio Rubini: Italian film actor and director, he is married actress Margherita Buy.
  • Serge Amoruso: French designer of quality leather goods, specializing in bespoke hand-stitches bags, luggage and accessories.
  • Florence Joyner: American field and track star, actress and businesswoman.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Rosanjin: Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (Born 1883).
  • 10th largest snowfall in NYC history (13.7)
  • Shah of Persia marries Farah Diba
  • Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988).
  • Citizens of Deerfield, Illinois, block building of interracial housing.

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

Folk Medicine

By: Deforest Clinton Jarvis

In an essential work for any sufferer of the debilitating illness, the best-selling author of Folk Medicine focuses his extraordinary talents on providing natural and effective remedies for

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This Is My God

By: Herman Wouk

This Is My God is Herman Wouk's famous introduction to Judaism completely updated and revised with a new chapter, Israel at Forty.

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Adventurous Alliance

By: Louise Hall Tharp

Boston published Biography

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Too Many Ghosts

By: Paul Gallico

Too Many Ghosts, 1959 BCE, by Paul Gallico. Hardcover with dust jacket, 288 pages, published by Doubleday & Company.

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