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Wednesday 31 August 1966

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Jeff Frye and Jan Einar Thorsen. In that special week of August people in US were listening to Sunshine Superman by Donovan. In UK With A Girl Like You by Troggs was in the top 5 hits. Fantastic Voyage, directed by Richard Fleischer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966 while In Cold Blood by Truman Capote was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Monroes. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Cyborg 009.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Fantastic Voyage

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Starring: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien

Country: United States

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Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Starring: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin

Country: United States

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This Property Is Condemned

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson

Country: United States

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Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether

Country: United States

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Torn Curtain

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

The Monroes

Written by: Milt Rosen

Starring: Michael Anderson Jr., Barbara Hershey, Keith Schultz, Kevin Schultz

Country: United States

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Lautlose Jagd

Starring: Joachim Rake, Gert Schaefer

Paris aktuell

Starring: Margret Dünser

Ulrich und Ulrike

Starring: Matthias Fuchs, Hannelore Borns, Heinz Engelmann, Käte Pontow

The Informer

Written by: Geoffrey Bellman, John Whitney

Starring: Ian Hendry, Neil Hallett, Jean Marsh, Heather Sears

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1966 ?

  • Trinidad and Tobago - Independence Day (from Great Britain, 1962)
  • Kyrgyzstan - Independence Day (from USSR, 1991)
  • Malaysia - Hari Merdeka, a National Day (independence within the Commonwealth, 1957)
  • Moldova: Day of Our Language (Limba Noastra)
  • Calendar of Saints - Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, San Abbondio, Saint Raymond Nonnatus
Famous Birthdays:
  • Jeff Frye: Oakland, California -- Infielder (Boston Red Sox).
  • Jan Einar Thorsen: Norwegian alpine skier.
  • Thierry Champion: French tennis player who reached the quarter-finals at the French Open in 1990 and at Wimbledon in 1991.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)

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What news were making the headlines those days in August 1966?

Life magazine


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

In Cold Blood

By: Truman Capote

National Bestseller On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches

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Valley of the Dolls

By: Jacqueline Susann

The All-Time Pop Culture Classic!Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach.

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Giles Goat Boy

By: John Barth

In this outrageously farcical adventure, hero George Giles sets out to conquer the terrible Wescac computer system that threatens to destroy his community in this brilliant "fantasy of theology, sociology, and sex" (Time).

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Flying Saucers -- Serious Business

By: Frank Edwards

Frank Edwards (August 4, 1908 - June 23, 1967) was an American writer and broadcaster, and one of the pioneers in radio.

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Cyborg 009

Platform: Mega CD

Genre: Science fiction, Action, Adventure

Publisher: Telenet Japan

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