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Thursday 26 January 1961

It was Thursday, under the sign of Aquarius. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Wayne Gretzky and Tom Keifer. In that special week of January people in US were listening to Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra. In UK Poetry In Motion by Johnny Tillotson was in the top 5 hits. The Misfits, directed by John Huston, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while Shadows On The Grass by Isak Dinesen was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Adieu, Prinzessin.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

The Misfits

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift

Country: United States

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The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi

Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura

Country: United States

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101 Dalmatians

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Starring: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley

Country: United States

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Where the Boys Are

Directed by: Henry Levin

Starring: Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux

Country: United States

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Ballad of a Soldier

Directed by: Grigoriy Chukhray

Starring: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

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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Starring: Mike Wallace

Country: United States

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The Cheaters

Starring: John Ireland, Robert Ayres

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 26 January 1961 ?

  • Roman Empire - third day of the Sementivae in honor of Ceres and Terra.
  • Feast day of the following saints in the Roman Catholic Church: Timothy and Titus
  • Saint Paula
  • Polycarp
  • Saint Alberic
Famous Birthdays:
  • Wayne Gretzky: Canadian-American hockey star named athlete of the year on 01/09/1982 and nicknamed "the great Gretzky.
  • Tom Keifer: American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Cinderella).
  • Daniele Luttazzi: Italian comedian, often controversial for his satire.
  • Li Cunxin: Chinese-Australian ballet dancer.
  • Mark Urban: English journalist and author.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley peaks to #1
  • 1st woman personal Physician to President-JG Travell
  • John F. Kennedy appoints Janet G. Travell to be his physician. This is the first time a woman holds this appointment.

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Life magazine


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

Shadows On The Grass

By: Isak Dinesen

Isak Dinesen takes up the absorbing story of her life in Kenya begun in the unforgettable Out of Africa, which she published under the name of Karen Blixen.

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Vanity Fair

By: Cleveland Amory and Frederic Bradlee

index 325-327. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

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The Leopard

By: Guiseppe di Lampedusa

The Sicilian prince, Don Fabrizio, hero of Lampedusa's great and only novel, is described as enormous in size, in intellect, and in sensuality.

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Mistress Of Mellyn

By: Victoria Holt

Mount Mellyn stood as proud and magnificent as she had envisioned...But what bout its master--Connan TreMellyn? Was Martha Leigh's new employer as romantic as his name sounded?

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