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2017

Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods was one of the best seller of 2017.

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

2016

The Beast by J.R. Ward was one of the best seller of 2016.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2016.

2015

Joy directed by David O. Russell was one of the most viewed movies released in 2015.

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

2014

The Imitation Game directed by Morten Tyldum was one of the most viewed movies released in 2014.

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

2013

The Wolf of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese was one of the most viewed movies released in 2013.

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

2012

The Millionaire Tour directed by Inon Shampanier was one of the most viewed movies released in 2012.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2012.

2011

The Flowers of War directed by Yimou Zhang was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011.

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

2010

TRON: Legacy directed by Joseph Kosinski was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010.

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

2009

Sherlock Holmes directed by Guy Ritchie was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009.

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

2008

The US president was George W. Bush (Republican). In that special week people in US were listening to Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, directed by David Fincher, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2008. Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2008.

2007

P.S. I Love You directed by Richard LaGravenese was one of the most viewed movies released in 2007.

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

2006

Rocky Balboa directed by Sylvester Stallone 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. The New World, directed by Terrence Malick, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2005. My Friend Leonard by James Frey was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2005.

2004

The Phantom of the Opera directed by Joel Schumacher was one of the most viewed movies released in 2004.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2004.

2003

Famous people born on this day include Matilda Devries. In that special week people in US were listening to Hey Ya! by OutKast. Cold Mountain, directed by Anthony Minghella, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2003. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2003.

2002

Drunken Master directed by Woo-ping Yuen was one of the most viewed movies released in 2002.

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

2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring directed by Peter Jackson was one of the most viewed movies released in 2001.

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

2000

Traffic directed by Steven Soderbergh was one of the most viewed movies released in 2000.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 2000.

1999

Famous people born on this day include Wallman Twins. In UK The Millennium Prayer by Cliff Richard was in the top 5 hits. Galaxy Quest, directed by Dean Parisot, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1999. The Testament by John Grisham was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1999.

1998

The Thin Red Line directed by Terrence Malick 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. Jackie Brown, directed by Quentin Tarantino, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997. Even The Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1997.

1996

Scream directed by Wes Craven was one of the most viewed movies released in 1996.

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

1995

Dead Man Walking directed by Tim Robbins 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 that special week people in US were listening to On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men. Street Fighter, directed by Steven E. de Souza, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1994. SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1994.

1993

Famous people born on this day include Ryan Blaney. In that special week people in US were listening to Hero by Mariah Carey. In the Name of the Father, directed by Jim Sheridan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1993. The Devil'S Heart by Carmen Carter was one of the best selling books.
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. Chaplin, directed by Richard Attenborough, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992. Childhood by Bill Cosby 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. Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1991. The Kitchen God'S Wife by Amy Tan was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1991.

1990

Famous people born on this day include Kenny Sebastian. In that special week people in US were listening to Justify My Love by Madonna. Kindergarten Cop, directed by Ivan Reitman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1990. It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It by Robert Fulghum was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1990.

1989

Born on the Fourth of July directed by Oliver Stone was one of the most viewed movies released in 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 Livi. Working Girl, directed by Mike Nichols, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1988. Time Flies by Bill Cosby was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1988.

1987

Famous people born on this day include Emilie Le Pennec. In UK Always On My Mind by Pet Shop Boys was in the top 5 hits. Good Morning, Vietnam, directed by Barry Levinson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1987. The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot was one of the best selling books.
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. Platoon, directed by Oliver Stone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1986. An Alien Affair by L. Ron Hubbard was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1986.

1985

Famous people born on this day include Jan Smit. In UK Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston was in the top 5 hits. Enemy Mine, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1985. Jaguar Woman by Lynn V. Andrews was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1985.

1984

Famous people born on this day include Paul Rodriguez Jr. In that special week people in US were listening to Like A Virgin by Madonna. 1984, directed by Michael Radford, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984. Superior Women by Alice Adams was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1984.

1983

Silkwood directed by Mike Nichols was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1983.

1982

Famous people born on this day include Bryce Avary. In that special week people in US were listening to Maneater by Daryl Hall & John Oates. The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1982. The 13Th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1982.

1981

Famous people born on this day include Matthew Pavlich. In UK Don't You Want Me by The Human League was in the top 5 hits. Neighbors, directed by John G. Avildsen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981. The Aviator by Ernest K. Gann was one of the best selling books.
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 Matthew Capiccioni. In UK There's No One Quite Like Grandma by St Winifred's School Choir was in the top 5 hits. Maniac, directed by William Lustig, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980. The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader 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 Zahra Bani. In that special week people in US were listening to Please Don't Go by K.C and the Sunshine Band. Scavenger Hunt, directed by Michael Schultz, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979. Aunt Erma'S Cope Book by Erma Bombeck was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1979.

1978

Every Which Way But Loose directed by James Fargo was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978.

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

1977

Famous people born on this day include Ildiko Kecan. In that special week people in US were listening to How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees. High Anxiety, directed by Mel Brooks, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1977. The Dark Lady by Louis Auchincloss was one of the best selling books.
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 Vanessa Kerry. In that special week people in US were listening to Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) by Rod Stewart. The Enforcer, directed by James Fargo, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1976. The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein 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. Barry Lyndon, directed by Stanley Kubrick, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1975. Shogun by James Clavell was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1975.

1974

Famous people born on this day include Lisa Valastro. In that special week people in US were listening to Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by Elton John. Black Christmas, directed by Bob Clark, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974. The House Of A Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt was one of the best selling books.
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 Hiroyuki Miura. In that special week people in US were listening to Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce. The Sting, directed by George Roy Hill, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1973. Alistair Cooke'S America by Alistair Cooke was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1973.

1972

Cries & Whispers directed by Ingmar Bergman 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 Erin Warren in Winchester. In that special week people in US were listening to Brand New Key by Melanie. Straw Dogs, directed by Sam Peckinpah, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971. The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1971.

1970

Famous people born on this day include Dan Howe. In that special week people in US were listening to My Sweet Lord by George Harrison. Sometimes a Great Notion, directed by Paul Newman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1970. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1970.

1969

Famous people born on this day include Lance Reddick. In UK Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris was in the top 5 hits. The Punch Bowl, directed by Helmut Weiss, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1969. Naked Came The Stranger by Penelope Ashe was one of the best selling books.
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. The Wrecking Crew, directed by Phil Karlson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968. Couples by John Updike was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1968.

1967

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly directed by Sergio Leone was one of the most viewed movies released in 1967.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1967.

1966

Grand Prix directed by John Frankenheimer was one of the most viewed movies released in 1966.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1966.

1965

Famous people born on this day include Michelle Dobek in Holyoke. In that special week people in US were listening to The Sounds Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel. The Slender Thread, directed by Sydney Pollack, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965. Manchild In The Promised Land by Claude Brown was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1965.

1964

Sex and the Single Girl directed by Richard Quine was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1964.

1963

Famous people born on this day include Ed Simmons. In UK I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits. Love with the Proper Stranger, directed by Robert Mulligan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963. When The Legends Die by Hal Borland was one of the best selling books.
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 New York City. In that special week people in US were listening to Telstar by The Tornadoes. Days of Wine and Roses, directed by Blake Edwards, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1962. The Blue Nile by Alan Moorehead was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1962.

1961

The Innocents directed by Jack Clayton was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961.

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. Where the Boys Are, directed by Henry Levin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1960. The Elements Of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1960.

1959

Famous people born on this day include Bebe Neuwirth in Princeton. In that special week people in US were listening to Why by Frankie Avalon. Drunken Angel, directed by Akira Kurosawa, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1959. From The Terrace by John O'Hara was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1959.

1958

Famous people born on this day include Helene Halphen. In UK It's Only Make Believe by Conway Twitty was in the top 5 hits. Bell Book and Candle, directed by Richard Quine, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1958. Only In America by Harry Lewis Golden 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 David Allen Ogrin in Waukegan. In UK Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte was in the top 5 hits. The Enemy Below, directed by Dick Powell, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1957. No Down Payment by John McPartland was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1957.

1956

The Wrong Man directed by Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956.

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

1955

All That Heaven Allows directed by Douglas Sirk was one of the most viewed movies released in 1955.

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

1954

Famous people born on this day include Alexander Salmond. In UK Let's Have Another Party by Winifred Atwell was in the top 5 hits. Animal Farm, directed by Joy Batchelor, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1954. The Untold Story Of Douglas Macarthur by Frazier Hunt was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1954.

1953

Famous people born on this day include James Remar in Boston. In UK Answer Me by Frankie Laine was in the top 5 hits. The Long, Long Trailer, directed by Vincente Minnelli, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1953. A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1953.

1952

The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Jean-Pierre Rives. My Cousin Rachel, directed by Henry Koster, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1952. From Under My Hat by Hedda Hopper was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1952.

1951

Westward the Women directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1951.

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

1950

Born Yesterday directed by George Cukor was one of the most viewed movies released in 1950.

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

1949

The Inspector General directed by Henry Koster was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949.

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

1948

Ladies of the Chorus directed by Phil Karlson was one of the most viewed movies released in 1948.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1948.

1947

The Paradine Case directed by Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most viewed movies released in 1947.

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

1946

Duel in the Sun directed by King Vidor was one of the most viewed movies released in 1946.

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

1945

Scarlet Street directed by Fritz Lang was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945.

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

1944

The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Taylor Hackford. The Keys of the Kingdom, directed by John M. Stahl, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1944.

1943

A Guy Named Joe directed by Victor Fleming was one of the most viewed movies released in 1943.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1943.

1942

Commandos Strike at Dawn directed by John Farrow was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1942.

1941

The Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg was one of the most viewed movies released in 1941.

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

1940

Night Train to Munich directed by Carol Reed was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1940.

1939

The Hunchback of Notre Dame directed by William Dieterle was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939.

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

1938

The Dawn Patrol directed by Edmund Goulding was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938.

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

1937

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs directed by William Cottrell was one of the most viewed movies released in 1937.

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

1936

After the Thin Man directed by W.S. Van Dyke was one of the most viewed movies released in 1936.

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

1935

Professional Soldier directed by Tay Garnett was one of the most viewed movies released in 1935.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1935.

1934

Forsaking All Others directed by W.S. Van Dyke was one of the most viewed movies released in 1934.

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

1933

Design for Living directed by Ernst Lubitsch was one of the most viewed movies released in 1933.

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

1932

The US president was Herbert Hoover (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Don James. Frisco Jenny, directed by William A. Wellman, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1932. Sons by Pearl S. Buck was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1932.

1931

Tonight or Never directed by Mervyn LeRoy was one of the most viewed movies released in 1931.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1931.

1930

The Royal Family of Broadway directed by George Cukor was one of the most viewed movies released in 1930.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1930.

1929

The Manxman directed by Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most viewed movies released in 1929.

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

1928

The US president was Calvin Coolidge (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Ross Barbour in Columbus. In Old Arizona, directed by Irving Cummings, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1928. Wintersmoon by Hugh Alpole was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1928.

1927

West Point directed by Edward Sedgwick was one of the most viewed movies released in 1927.

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

1926

Flesh and the Devil directed by Clarence Brown was one of the most viewed movies released in 1926.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1926.

1925

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ directed by Fred Niblo was one of the most viewed movies released in 1925.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1925.

1924

Peter Pan directed by Herbert Brenon was one of the most viewed movies released in 1924.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1924.

1923

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis was one of the best seller of 1923.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1923.

1922

If Winter Comes by A.S.M. Hutchinson was one of the best seller of 1922.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1922.

1921

Tol'able David directed by Henry King was one of the most viewed movies released in 1921.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1921.

1920

The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Rex Allen. Outside the Law, directed by Tod Browning, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1920. Kindred of the Dust by Peter B. Kyne was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1920.

1919

When the Clouds Roll by directed by Victor Fleming was one of the most viewed movies released in 1919.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1919.

1918

The Heart of Humanity directed by Allen Holubar was one of the most viewed movies released in 1918.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1918.

1917

A Modern Musketeer directed by Allan Dwan was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917.

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1916

Joan the Woman directed by Cecil B. DeMille was one of the most viewed movies released in 1916.

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1915

Burlesque on Carmen directed by Charles Chaplin was one of the most viewed movies released in 1915.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1915.

1914

Cinderella directed by James Kirkwood was one of the most viewed movies released in 1914.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1914.

1913

The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill was one of the best seller of 1913.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1913.

1912

The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Davies was one of the best seller of 1912.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1912.

1911

The Broad Highway by Jeffrey Farnol was one of the best seller of 1911.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1911.

1910

Little Snow White directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1910.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1910.

1909

The Inner Shrine by Anonymous (Basil King) was one of the best seller of 1909.

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1908

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox, Jr. was one of the best seller of 1908.

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1907

The Weavers by Gilbert Parker was one of the best seller of 1907.

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1906

The Story of the Kelly Gang directed by Charles Tait was one of the most viewed movies released in 1906.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1906.

1905

Nedra George by Barr McCutcheon was one of the best seller of 1905.

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1904

The Maquerader by Katherine Cecil Thurston was one of the best seller of 1904.

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1903

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Hegan Rice was one of the best seller of 1903.

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1902

Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall by Charles Major was one of the best seller of 1902.

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1901

The Crisis by Winston Churchill was one of the best seller of 1901.

But much more happened, find out here: 31 December 1901.