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Wednesday 23 May 1956

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include François Feldman and Ursula Plassnik. In UK No Other Love by Ronnie Hilton was in the top 5 hits. The Killing, directed by Stanley Kubrick, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956 while Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Rosemary Clooney Show.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

The Killing

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

Country: United States

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda De Banzie

Country: United States

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While the City Sleeps

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders

Country: United States

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Directed by: Ishir Honda

Starring: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada

Country: United States

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Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

Directed by: Ishir Honda

Starring: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kchi

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Rosemary Clooney Show

Starring: Rosemary Clooney

Country: United States

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A Show Called Fred

Starring: Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Graham Stark, Kenneth Connor

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Tony Hancock Show

Starring: Tony Hancock, Clive Dunn, John Vere, June Whitfield

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Telephone Time

Starring: John Nesbitt, Frank Baxter

Country: United States

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The Edge of Night

Written by: Irving Vendig

Starring: Terry Davis, Tony Craig, Frances Fisher, Joe Lambie

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 May 1956 ?

  • World Turtle Day
  • Saint Desiderius
  • Saint Guibert of Gemblours
  • Saint Montana
  • Bah�'f Faith: Declaration of the B�b
Famous Birthdays:
  • François Feldman: French pop singer and songwriter of Russian (father) and Belgian (mother) descent, very popular especially in the late eighties for his hit "Les Valses de Vienne", his song "Joy" dedicated to his daughter, and his duet "Joue pas" (Don't play) recorded with Joniece Jamison, American singer.
  • Ursula Plassnik: Austrian politician and diplomat Foreign Minister of Austria.
  • Kirk Shaw: Canadian project manager, the President of Insight and Sound Creations, an award winning multi-media production company.
  • Buck Showalter: American baseball player coach and manager.
  • Andrea Pazienza: Italian illustrator and painter (d. 1988).
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  • World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco, California.
  • Presbyterian Church begins accepting women ministers.
  • French minister Pierre Mendès France resigns due to his government's policy on Algeria.

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

Imperial Woman

By: Pearl S. Buck

Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head

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The Scrolls From The Dead Sea

By: Edmund Wilson

159 pp., 8vo.

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Ten North Frederick

By: John O'Hara

The National Book Award–winning novel by the writer whom Fran Lebowitz called “the real F. Scott Fitzgerald”Joe Chapin led a storybook life. A successful small-town lawyer with a beautiful wife, two over-achieving children, and aspirations to be president, he seemed ...

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With Both Eyes Open

By: Paul Hyde Bonner

Hardcover: 117 pages Publisher: Scribner; First Edition (Scribner "A") edition (1956) Language: English ASIN: B0007DY498

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