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Tuesday 24 December 1968, Christmas Eve

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Doyle Bramhall II and Marleen Renders. In that special week of December people in US were listening to I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye. Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, directed by Melvin Frank, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968 while The Day Kennedy Was Shot by Jim Bishop was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Hilfe, wir bauen. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Hamurabi or Hamurabi.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell

Directed by: Melvin Frank

Starring: Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by: Peter Hall

Starring: Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Selby, Hugh Sullivan

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Directed by: Jules Dassin

Starring: Raymond St. Jacques, Ruby Dee, Frank Silvera, Roscoe Lee Browne

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The Sea Gull

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: James Mason, Vanessa Redgrave, Simone Signoret, David Warner

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The Stalking Moon

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

Starring: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster, Noland Clay

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TV Series

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

Hilfe, wir bauen

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Sein Traum vom Grand Prix

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The Galloping Gourmet

Starring: Graham Kerr

Country: Canada

The Borderers

Written by: Bill Craig

Starring: Ross Campbell, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Gambon, Edith MacArthur

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Starring: Jeff Newman

Country: Australia

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 24 December 1968 ?

  • December 24 is celebrated as the day before Christmas, thus called Christmas Eve.
  • It is the day when food is traditionally set out for Santa Claus and his reindeer. Children around the world are urged to go to bed early so they are not awake when he arrives.
  • In Hungary, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia among others, this is the day that presents are exchanged and opened.
  • The Declaration of Christmas Peace takes place in the Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City, according to old traditions dating back to the Middle Ages.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Doyle Bramhall II: American guitarist.
  • Marleen Renders: Belgian track and field star, ran 24th in the marathon at the Atlanta Olympics, 8/96.
  • Kirt Ojala: American baseball player, left-handed pitcher with the Florida Marlins.
  • Doyle Bramhall: American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Arc Angels).
  • Choi Jin-sil: South Korean actress and model (d. 2008).
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  • Apollo 8 Astronauts read passages from Book of Genesis
  • WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, Georgia (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • The crew of the USS Pueblo is released by North Korea after being held for 11 months on suspicion of spying.
  • Apollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.
  • The Khmer Rouge is officially formed in Cambodia as a offshot movement of the Vietnam People's Army from North Vietnam to bring communism to the nation.

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

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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