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Friday 21 October 1966

It was Friday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Tommy Tolles and Jonas B. In that special week of October people in US were listening to Reach Out I'll Be There by Four Tops. In UK Distant Drums by Jim Reeves was in the top 5 hits. The Fortune Cookie, directed by Billy Wilder, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966 while Everything But Money by Sam Levenson was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Cliff Dexter. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Cyborg 009.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

The Fortune Cookie

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich

Country: United States

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Directed by: Norman Taurog

Starring: Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain

Country: United States

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Directed by: Richard Lester

Starring: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton

Country: United States

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Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Starring: Rock Hudson, Frank Campanella, John Randolph

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Jackie Gleason Show

Starring: Jackie Gleason, Johnny Olson, The June Taylor Dancers, Sammy Spear and His Orchestra

Country: United States

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Cool McCool

Written by: Al Brodax, Bob Kane

Starring: Chuck McCann, Bob McFadden, Carol Corbett

Country: United States

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Star Trek

Written by: Gene Roddenberry

Starring: Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Country: United States

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Dark Shadows

Written by: Dan Curtis

Starring: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles, Nancy Barrett

Country: United States

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Starring: Magnus Magnusson, David Drew

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 October 1966 ?

  • Republic of China - Overseas Chinese Day
  • French Republican Calendar - Tonneau (Barrel) Day, thirtieth day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • In the comic novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Earth was born on this day in 4004 BC, within a quarter of an hour of 9 in the morning. This was supposedly because God liked to get things over with early.
  • R.C. saints - Saint Ursula and her 11 (or 11000) virgins; Saint Hilarion
  • Trafalgar Day ? celebrated throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th Century.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Tommy Tolles
  • Jonas B: Svensson, Sweden -- Tennis star.
  • Thomas Louis Tolles Jr: Fort Myers, Florida -- PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-3rd).
  • Arne Sandst?: Norwegian footballer.
  • Stephen Gruning: American homicide: jealous and controlling, he stormed into the apartment of his former girl friend, Rhonda Stuart, with a shot-gun, sledgehammer and revolver on 2/12/1995 at 6:00 AM.
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Famous Deaths:
  • 144 die as a coal waste landslide engulfed a school in Aberfan S Wales
  • Aberfan disaster: A slag heap collapses on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.

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What news were making the headlines those days in October 1966?

Life magazine


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

Everything But Money

By: Sam Levenson

Autobiography, New York City Studies, Sociology

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Flying Saucers -- Serious Business

By: Frank Edwards

Frank Edwards (August 4, 1908 - June 23, 1967) was an American writer and broadcaster, and one of the pioneers in radio.

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Capable Of Honor

By: Allen Drury

Story of a powerful Washington columnist and his influence over his colleagues and international politics

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Valley of the Dolls

By: Jacqueline Susann

The All-Time Pop Culture Classic!Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Cyborg 009

Platform: Mega CD

Genre: Science fiction, Action, Adventure

Publisher: Telenet Japan

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