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Saturday 23 September 1961

It was Saturday, under the sign of Libra (see planets position on September 23, 1961). The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Chi McBride and Lesley Fitz-Simons. In that special week of September people in US were listening to Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee. In UK Johnny Remember Me by John Leyton was in the top 5 hits. Paris Blues, directed by Martin Ritt, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while The Winter Of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Ghost Squad.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Paris Blues

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong

Country: United States

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A Thunder of Drums

Directed by: Joseph M. Newman

Starring: Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten, Arthur O'Connell

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Directed by: Edmond O'Brien

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Stella Stevens, Elaine Devry

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Claudelle Inglish

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

Starring: Diane McBain, Arthur Kennedy, Will Hutchins, Constance Ford

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A Taste of Honey

Directed by: Tony Richardson

Starring: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Ghost Squad

Directed by: Joel Souza

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87th Precinct

Written by: Evan Hunter

Starring: Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott, Norman Fell

Country: United States

The New Steve Allen Show

Starring: Steve Allen, Johnny Jacobs

Country: United States


Written by: Harry Redmond Jr.

Starring: Larry Pennell, Ken Curtis, Shug Fisher

Country: United States

Father of the Bride

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 September 1961 ?

  • RC Saints - Feast day of Saint Adomnan of Iona, Saint Constantius, Saint Thecla.
  • French Republican Calendar - Safran (Saffron) Day, second day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • Saudi Arabia - National Day (unification 1932)
  • Japanese Autumnal equinox Day (????/Sh?bun no hi)
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day - September 23rd of every year is designated as Celebrate Bisexuality Day and celebrated by members of the bisexual community and their allies worldwide. Observed annually since 1999.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Billy House: Actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), dies at 71.
  • Elmer R Diktonius: Finnish musicologist / Author (Stenkol), dies at 65.
  • 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak
  • Eva B. Adams is confirmed as director of the US Mint.

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Planetary positions on this day

Planetary positions on September 23, 1961 - Geocentric view

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Which were the top hits in that special week of September 1961 ?

Top #10 songs in the USA
  1. Take Good Care Of My Baby - Bobby Vee
  2. Michael - The Highwaymen
  3. The Jive Five - My True Story
  4. (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley
  5. Roy Orbison - Crying
  6. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On The Bedpost Over Night) - Lonnie Donegan and His Skiffle Group
  7. Without You - Johnny Tillotson
  8. Joe Dowell - Wooden Heart
  9. One Track Mind - Bobby Lewis
  10. When We Get Married - The Dreamlovers
Top #10 R&B songs
  1. My True Story - The Jive Five With Joe Rene And Orchestra
  2. Baby, You're Right - James Brown And The Famous Flames
  3. Ike & Tina Turner - It's Gonna Work Out Fine
  4. Jimmy Reed - Bright Lights Big City
  5. Little Willie John - Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You)
  6. Let The Four Winds Blow - Fats Domino
  7. Freddy King - San-Ho-Zay
  8. Mar-Keys - Last Night
  9. Hank Ballard And The Midnighters - Nothing But Good
  10. I Love You Yes I Do - Bull Moose Jackson
Top #5 songs in the UK
  1. Johnny Remember Me - John Leyton
  2. Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Shirley Bassey
  3. You Don't Know - Helen Shapiro
  4. Well I Ask You - Eden Kane
  5. Halfway To Paradise - Billy Fury


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

The Winter Of Our Discontent

By: John Steinbeck

The final novel of one of America’s most beloved writers—a tale of degeneration, corruption, and spiritual crisis In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that

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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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Clock Without Hands

By: Carson McCullers

Set in Georgia on the eve of court-ordered integration, Clock Without Hands contains McCullers's most poignant statement on race, class, and justice.

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Life With Women And How To Survive It

By: Joseph H. Peck

Life with women and how to survive it

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