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2017

Romper Stomper directed by Geoffrey Wright was one of the most viewed movies released in 2017.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2017.

2015

Ride Along 2 directed by Tim Story was one of the most viewed movies released in 2015.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2015.

2014

Yes Please by Amy Poehler was one of the best seller of 2014.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2014.

2013

Yves Saint Laurent directed by Jalil Lespert was one of the most viewed movies released in 2013.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2013.

2011

The Devil Inside directed by William Brent Bell was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2011.

2010

Room by Emma Donoghue was one of the best seller of 2010.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2010.

2009

Leap Year directed by Anand Tucker was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2009.

2007

One Missed Call directed by Eric Valette was one of the most viewed movies released in 2007.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2007.

2006

The Land Before Time directed by Don Bluth was one of the most viewed movies released in 2006.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2006.

2005

Famous people born on this day include Lakshmi Tatma. In that special week people in US were listening to Don't Forget About Us by Mariah Carey. Grandma's Boy, directed by Nicholaus Goossen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2005. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2005.

2003

Famous people born on this day include Matilda Devries. In that special week people in US were listening to Hey Ya! by OutKast. My Baby's Daddy, directed by Cheryl Dunye, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2003. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2003.

2002

Just Married directed by Shawn Levy was one of the most viewed movies released in 2002.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2002.

2001

Pitaah directed by Mahesh Manjrekar was one of the most viewed movies released in 2001.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2001.

2000

The US president was Bill Clinton (Democratic). In that special week people in US were listening to Independent Women Part I by Destiny's Child. Sleepless, directed by Dario Argento, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2000. The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2000.

1999

Famous people born on this day include Wallman Twins. In UK I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun by Westlife was in the top 5 hits. Wildflower, directed by David Michael Latt, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1999. Hunting Badger by Tony Hillerman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1999.

1998

In Dreams directed by Neil Jordan was one of the most viewed movies released in 1998.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1998.

1997

Famous people born on this day include Emil Graae. In UK Perfect Day by Various Artists was in the top 5 hits. Firestorm, directed by Dean Semler, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997. Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1997.

1996

Retroactive directed by Louis Morneau was one of the most viewed movies released in 1996.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1996.

1995

The Fantasticks directed by Michael Ritchie was one of the most viewed movies released in 1995.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1995.

1994

Famous people born on this day include Max Bowden. In UK Think Twice by Celine Dion was in the top 5 hits. Houseguest, directed by Randall Miller, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1994. In the Kitchen With Rosie by Rosie Dale was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1994.

1993

Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend by Robert James Waller was one of the best seller of 1993.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1993.

1992

The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Jessica Keller. In that special week people in US were listening to I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. Leprechaun, directed by Mark Jones, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992. The Stars Shine Down by Sidney Sheldon was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1992.

1991

Famous people born on this day include Katherine Goddeke. In UK Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me by George Michael & Elton John was in the top 5 hits. Kuffs, directed by Bruce A. Evans, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1991. The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1991.

1990

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett was one of the best seller of 1990.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1990.

1989

Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder was one of the best seller of 1989.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1989.

1988

The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Valentin Montand. In that special week people in US were listening to Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison. War Requiem, directed by Derek Jarman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1988. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1988.

1987

Time Flies by Bill Cosby was one of the best seller of 1987.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1987.

1986

Famous people born on this day include Bronson Pelletier. In that special week people in US were listening to Walk Like An Egyptian by Bangles. Emmanuelle 5, directed by Walerian Borowczyk, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1986. Fatherhood by Bill Cosby was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1986.

1985

Contact by Carl Sagan was one of the best seller of 1985.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1985.

1984

Famous people born on this day include Catherine Britt. In that special week people in US were listening to Like A Virgin by Madonna. Shadows Run Black, directed by Howard Heard, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984. Nutcracker by E. T. A. Hoffmann was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1984.

1983

Famous people born on this day include Deniz Çakir. In UK Pipes Of Peace by Paul McCartney was in the top 5 hits. Blue Thunder, directed by John Badham, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983. The Auerbach Will by Stephen Birmingham was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1983.

1982

Atlantic High by William F. Buckley Jr was one of the best seller of 1982.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1982.

1981

The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving was one of the best seller of 1981.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1981.

1980

The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Richie McCaw. In UK There's No One Quite Like Grandma by St Winifred's School Choir was in the top 5 hits. A Man by Oriana Fallaci was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1980.

1979

Famous people born on this day include G Michael Gray. In that special week people in US were listening to Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. Action, directed by Tinto Brass, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979. Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1979.

1978

The Water Babies directed by Lionel Jeffries was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1978.

1977

The Black Marble by Joseph Wambaugh was one of the best seller of 1977.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1977.

1976

The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Frédérique Bangué. In that special week people in US were listening to Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) by Rod Stewart. Trinity by Leon Uris was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1976.

1975

Famous people born on this day include Rami Alanko. In UK Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen was in the top 5 hits. Chhoti Si Baat, directed by Basu Chatterjee, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1975. The Greek Treasure by Irving Stone was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1975.

1974

The Ebony Tower by John Fowles was one of the best seller of 1974.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1974.

1973

The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Shandon Anderson. McQ, directed by John Sturges, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1973. The Salamander by Morris L. West was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1973.

1972

The Harder They Come directed by Perry Henzell was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1972.

1971

Famous people born on this day include Vanessa Burggraf. In UK I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) by The New Seekers was in the top 5 hits. The Valachi Papers, directed by Terence Young, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971. Our Gang by Philip Roth was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1971.

1970

God Is An Englishman by R.F. Delderfield was one of the best seller of 1970.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1970.

1969

The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann was one of the best seller of 1969.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1969.

1968

The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Luciano Szafir. In that special week people in US were listening to I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye. A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Peter Hall, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968. The Day Kennedy Was Shot by Jim Bishop was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1968.

1967

Famous people born on this day include Brad Daluiso. In that special week people in US were listening to Hello Goodbye by The Beatles. Journey to the Center of Time, directed by David L. Hewitt, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1967. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1967.

1966

Famous people born on this day include Bruce Ramsay. In UK I'm A Believer by The Monkees was in the top 5 hits. The Tale of Tsar Saltan, directed by Aleksandr Ptushko, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966. The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1966.

1965

Famous people born on this day include Gong Li. In that special week people in US were listening to The Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel. 7 Women, directed by John Ford, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965. The Green Berets by Robin Moore was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1965.

1964

Famous people born on this day include Valentina Vargas. In that special week people in US were listening to I Feel Fine by The Beatles. Dear Brigitte, directed by Henry Koster, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964. Candy by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1964.

1963

The Three Sirens by Irving Wallace was one of the best seller of 1963.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1963.

1962

The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Don Diamont. In that special week people in US were listening to Telstar by The Tornadoes. The Dungeon of Harrow, directed by Pat Boyette, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1962.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1962.

1961

Famous people born on this day include Rick Aguilera. In that special week people in US were listening to The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens. Gunga Jumna, directed by Nitin Bose, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1961.

1960

The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include John Allen Muhammad. In UK Poetry In Motion by Johnny Tillotson was in the top 5 hits. The Marriage-Go-Round, directed by Walter Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1960. The Child Buyer by John Hersey was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1960.

1959

The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick was one of the best seller of 1959.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1959.

1958

Famous people born on this day include Bebe Neuwirth. In that special week people in US were listening to The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks. The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, directed by Henry Levin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1958. On My Own by Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1958.

1957

Famous people born on this day include Fabrizio Meoni. In UK Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte was in the top 5 hits. Teenage Monster, directed by Jacques R. Marquette, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1957. The Gallant Mrs. Stonewall by Harnett T. Kane was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1957.

1956

Boots and Saddles directed by Joseph Kane was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1956.

1955

The Family Of Man by Edward Steichen was one of the best seller of 1955.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1955.

1954

Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier was one of the best seller of 1954.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1954.

1953

Famous people born on this day include Jane Badler. In UK Answer Me by Frankie Laine was in the top 5 hits. The Glenn Miller Story, directed by Anthony Mann, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1953. Too Late The Phalarope by Alan Paton was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1953.

1952

The Great Enterprise by H.A. Overstreet was one of the best seller of 1952.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1952.

1951

Deedar directed by Nitin Bose was one of the most viewed movies released in 1951.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1951.

1950

Two Lost Worlds directed by Norman Dawn was one of the most viewed movies released in 1950.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1950.

1949

The File on Thelma Jordon directed by Robert Siodmak was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1949.

1947

Brighton Rock directed by John Boulting was one of the most viewed movies released in 1947.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1947.

1946

The Man I Love directed by Raoul Walsh was one of the most viewed movies released in 1946.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1946.

1945

Doll Face directed by Lewis Seiler was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1945.

1944

Candles at Nine directed by John Harlow was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1944.

1941

All Through the Night directed by Vincent Sherman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1941.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1941.

1939

Remember the Night directed by Mitchell Leisen was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1939.

1938

King of the Underworld directed by Lewis Seiler was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1938.

1937

South Riding directed by Victor Saville was one of the most viewed movies released in 1937.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1937.

1936

Fire Over England directed by William K. Howard was one of the most viewed movies released in 1936.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1936.

1934

Big Boy Rides Again directed by Albert Herman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1934.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1934.

1933

The Big Shakedown directed by John Francis Dillon was one of the most viewed movies released in 1933.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1933.

1929

Chasing Rainbows directed by Charles Reisner was one of the most viewed movies released in 1929.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1929.

1927

Sadie Thompson directed by Raoul Walsh was one of the most viewed movies released in 1927.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1927.