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Friday 26 May 1961

It was Friday, under the sign of Gemini (see planets position on May 26, 1961). The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Stephen Robert Pate in Ventura and Anna Carlucci. 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. Atlas, directed by Roger Corman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Whispering Smith.
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Directed by: Roger Corman

Starring: Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Barboura Morris, Walter Maslow

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The Young Savages

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan

Country: United States

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Two Rode Together

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal

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Spare the Rod

Directed by: Leslie Norman

Starring: Max Bygraves, Donald Pleasence, Geoffrey Keen, Betty McDowall

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Clear Skies

Directed by: Grigoriy Chukhray

Starring: Nina Drobysheva, Evgeniy Urbanskiy, Natalya Kuzmina, Vitaliy Konyaev

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Whispering Smith

Directed by: Leslie Fenton

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Directed by: Mira Nair

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Rob Roy

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

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Historical Events

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  • Saint Germain of Paris
  • Blessed Pieter of Ter Duinen
  • Saint William of Aquitaine
  • Saint Simitrius
  • Saint Philip Neri (died 1595)
Famous Birthdays:
  • Stephen Robert Pate in Ventura: California, USA; PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic).
  • Anna Carlucci: Italian actress, TV personality, noted family, sister of better-known actress Milli Gabriella.
  • Pascal Raffin: French factory worker and arsonist, arrested 2/04/1996 less than an hour after setting a fire.
  • Tarsem Singh: Indian-American director producer and screenwriter.
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  • USAF bomber flies Atlantic in a record of just over 3 hours
  • US Air Force bomber flies the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours.
  • Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Planetary positions on this day

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

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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The Frog Pond

By: Joyce MacIver

The Frog Pond

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The Incredible Journey

By: Sheila Burnford

Instinct told them that the way home lay to the west. And so the doughty young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese set out through the Canadian

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Manila Galleon

By: F. Van Wyck Mason

A superlative tale of the sea based on the famous voyage of George Anson, father of the modern Royal Navy.

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