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Thursday 21 December 1961

It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Henry Kamel and Del Wilkes. In that special week of December people in US were listening to The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens. In UK Poetry In Motion by Johnny Tillotson was in the top 5 hits. Flight of the Lost Balloon, directed by Nathan Juran, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Discovery.
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Movies

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Flight of the Lost Balloon

Directed by: Nathan Juran

Starring: Mala Powers, Marshall Thompson, James Lanphier, Douglas Kennedy

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The Children's Hour

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins

Country: United States

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Pocketful of Miracles

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell

Country: United States

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Barabbas

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado

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The Second Time Around

Directed by: Vincent Sherman

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest, Andy Griffith, Juliet Prowse

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TV Series

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

Discovery

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Starring: Jean Adam, Hélène Ailloud, Christine Aurel, Barta Barri

Country: France

Comedy Playhouse

Written by: A.J. Bacon, Neil Munro

Starring: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Robert Dorning, Ronald Fraser

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Mike Douglas Show

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 December 1961 ?

Holidays:
  • 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.
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Facts:
  • Beatles record Sweet Georgia Brown andReady Teddy
  • JFK and British Prime Minister MacMillan meet in Bermuda
  • In Congo, Katangan prime minister Moise Tshombe recognizes the Congolese constitution.

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Books

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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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Franny and Zooey

By: J.D. Salinger

The author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New ...

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The Judas Tree

By: A.J. Cronin

In a story of wide and fascinating detail A. J. Cronin tells of Dr. David Morey who tries to atone for his desertion of the woman he loved.Beguiled

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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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