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Wednesday 24 May 1961

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Ilaria Alpi and Tim Burness. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Mother-In-Law by Ernie K-Doe. In UK Blue Moon by The Marcels was in the top 5 hits. A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Daniel Petrie, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while The Last Of The Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Inspektor Hornleigh greift ein....
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TV Series

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

Hancock

Starring: Tony Hancock, Hugh Lloyd

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Asphalt Jungle

Starring: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, William Smith

Country: United States

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Gunslinger

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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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Ashes and Diamonds

Directed by: Andrzej Wajda

Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Country: United States

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A Raisin in the Sun

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee

Country: United States

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The Young Savages

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews

Country: United States

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Two Women

Directed by: Vittorio De Sica

Starring: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone

Country: United States

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The Beast of Yucca Flats

Directed by: Coleman Francis

Starring: Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Bing Stafford

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 24 May 1961 ?

Holidays:
  • Aldersgate Day (Methodism).
  • Canada: Victoria Day, on this date or the Monday before it. In Quebec, it is known as National Patriotes Day (JournTe nationale des patriotes). The holiday is often referred to as "May Two-Four," -- a "two-four" being slang for a case of beer with 24 bottles or cans.
  • Bermuda: Bermuda Day.
  • Eritrea: National Day.
  • Macedonia: Saints Cyril and Methodius Day celebrated as Macedonian Script and Culture Day.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Ilaria Alpi: Italian journalist, killed by terrorists in Somalia on 3/20/1994.
  • Tim Burness: English musician (progressive rock/pop/ambient tendencies), astrologer for over 25 years, and nursing care and support worker.
  • Show Aikawa: Japanese actor.
  • Lorella Cedroni: Italian philosopher and theorist (d. 2013).
  • Alain Lemieux: Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach.
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Facts:
  • American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for ''disturbing the peace'' after disembarking from their bus.
  • Explorer 12 fails to reach Earth orbit.
  • Cyprus enters the Council of Europe.

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in May 1961?

  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.7718
  • Life: Alan Shepard
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: The Faraway Places -- May 19, 1961

Books

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

The Last Of The Just

By: Andre Schwarz-Bart

Published in sixteen languages and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Andre Schwarz-Bart’s The Last of the Just is considered by many the single greatest novel of the Holocaust.

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Advise And Consent

By: Allen Drury

Advise And Consent

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The Frog Pond

By: Joyce MacIver

The Frog Pond

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The Sixth Man

By: Jess Stearn

"A startling investigation of the spread of homosexuality in America"

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