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Monday 24 April 1961

It was Monday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include José Touré and Andrew Murrison. In that special week of April people in US were listening to Runaway by Del Shannon. In UK Wooden Heart by Elvis Presley was in the top 5 hits. The Bridge, directed by Bernhard Wicki, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while Don'T Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Ernie Kovacs Show.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

The Bridge

Directed by: Bernhard Wicki

Starring: Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz

Country: United States

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La Dolce Vita

Directed by: Federico Fellini

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aime

Country: United States

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Directed by: Karel Reisz

Starring: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts

Country: United States

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One-Eyed Jacks

Directed by: Marlon Brando

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer

Country: United States

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Ice Cold in Alex

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Starring: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Asphalt Jungle

Starring: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, William Smith

Country: United States

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Starring: Tony Young, Preston Foster, Midge Ware, Dee Pollock

Country: United States

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The Americans

Starring: Darryl Hickman, Richard Davalos, John McIntire

Country: United States

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The Porter Wagoner Show

Starring: Porter Wagoner, Speck Rhodes, Mack Magaha, Don Howser

Country: United States

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Starring: Aubrey Buxton, Duncan Carse, Rolf Harris, Patrick Allen

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 24 April 1961 ?

  • Saint Alexander (died 178)
  • Genocide Remembrance Day in Armenia.
  • Republic Day in The Gambia (1970).
  • Newman's Day.
  • 24-Hour Comics Day.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Lee Moran: American actor director and screenwriter (d. 1961).
  • JFK accepts sole responsibility following Bay of Pigs
  • Vasa, which sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, is raised
  • US President John Kennedy accepts "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs aborted invasion of Cuba.
  • The Swedish ship ''Regalskeppet Vasa'' is removed from the water after being sunk 333 years earlier.
  • President Kennedy delivers a revealing speech: ''The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association'' JFK Library.org

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

Don'T Tell Alfred

By: Nancy Mitford

In this delightful comedy, Fanny—the quietly observant narrator of Nancy Mitford’s two most famous novels—finally takes center stage.Fanny Wincham—last seen as a young woman in The Pursuit of Love and Love

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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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Pomp And Circumstance

By: Noel Coward

Author's first novel, a comedy filled with preposterous dialogue and ridiculous situations. A wonderfully witty story about manners and mores on a tropical island.

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Dr. Tom Dooley'S Three Great Books

By: Dr. Tom Dooley

Dr. Tom Dooley's Three Great Books, 1960. Compilation - 3 novels in one book: Deliver Us From Evil, The Edge of Tomorrow, & The Night They Burned the Mountain.

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