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Monday 23 December 1968

It was Monday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Sidney Gavignet and Yarol Poupaud. In that special week of December people in US were listening to I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye. In UK Lily The Pink by The Scaffold was in the top 5 hits. The Wrecking Crew, directed by Phil Karlson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968 while Force 10 From Navarone by Alistair MacLean was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Happening for Lulu. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Hamurabi or Hamurabi.
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Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

The Wrecking Crew

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Starring: Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate

Country: United States

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The Love Bug

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson

Country: United States

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The Night They Raided Minsky's

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom

Country: United States

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Directed by: Ken Hughes

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries

Country: United States

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Hell in the Pacific

Directed by: John Boorman

Starring: Lee Marvin, Toshir Mifune

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Happening for Lulu

Starring: Johnny Harris

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Pauls Party

Starring: Paul Kuhn, Die Cornels, Die Sunnies

TV Bukvar

Starring: Mira Stupica, Branko Plesa, Olivera Markovic, Severin Bijelic

Das Ferienschiff

Starring: Eleonore Schroth

Klart spår till Tomteboda

Written by: Karl-Aage Schwartzkopf

Starring: Inga Gill, Arne Källerud, Hans Lindgren

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 December 1968 ?

  • Festivus (from sitcom Seinfeld)
  • Oaxaca - Night of the Radishes
  • Secular humanism (American) - HumanLight observed
  • R.C. Saints - John Cantius ; Thorlac Thorhallsson, patron saint of Iceland
  • Sweden - Birthday of Queen Silvia, an official flag day
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  • 1st US case of space motion sickness
  • Borman, Lovell and Anders become 1st men to orbit Moon
  • North Korea releases Pueblo crew
  • First documented US case of space motion sickness.
  • The crew of Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell, and Anders) become first men to orbit Moon.

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

Force 10 From Navarone

By: Alistair MacLean

The thrilling sequel to Alistair MacLean’s masterpiece of World War II adventure, The Guns of Navarone. Now reissued in a new cover style.The

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The Salzburg Connection

By: Helen MacInnes

Helen MacInnes writes stories that have heart-pounding action. The details of characterization, theme, and mood are amazingly realistic. - From review.

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Between Parent And Child

By: Haim G. Ginott

Over the past thirty-five years, Between Parent and Child has helped millions of parents around the world strengthen their relationships with their children.

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The Day Kennedy Was Shot

By: Jim Bishop

A minute-by-minute narrative account of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, The Day Kennedy Was Shot captures the action, mystery, and drama that unfolded on November 22, 1963. Author

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?



Platform: PDP-8, Personal computer

Genre: Strategy game, Text-based game



Platform: PDP-8, Personal computer

Genre: Strategy game, Text-based game

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