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Wednesday 31 May 1961

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Harry Enfield and Lea Thompson in Rochester. In that special week of May people in US were listening to Travelin' Man by Ricky Nelson. In UK Blue Moon by The Marcels was in the top 5 hits. The Last Sunset, directed by Robert Aldrich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961 while The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich by William L. Shirer was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Inspektor Hornleigh greift ein....
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TV Series

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Hancock

Starring: Tony Hancock, Hugh Lloyd

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The Asphalt Jungle

Starring: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, William Smith

Country: United States

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Gunslinger

Starring: Tony Young, Preston Foster, Midge Ware, Dee Pollock

Country: United States

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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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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

The Last Sunset

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Starring: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone

Country: United States

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Ashes and Diamonds

Directed by: Andrzej Wajda

Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Country: United States

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A Raisin in the Sun

Directed by: Daniel Petrie

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee

Country: United States

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The Young Savages

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews

Country: United States

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Two Women

Directed by: Vittorio De Sica

Starring: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 May 1961 ?

Holidays:
  • World No Tobacco Day.
  • Syaday (Discordianism) (5th day of the season of Confusion, honors Apostle Sri Syadasti).
  • Saint Gislemerio
  • Saint Mechtilde of Diessen
  • Saint Petronella.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Harry Enfield: Comedian (Dermot-Men Behaving Badly, Saturday Live).
  • Lea Thompson in Rochester: Minnesota, USA; actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City, Casual Sex, Space Camp).
  • Lea Thompson: American dancer and actress, starring in the Nutcracker Suite at age 4; at 14 she was a member of the Minnesota Dance Theater and at 20, with the San Francisco Ballet Co.
  • Patti Stanger: Reality Star.
  • Victoria Ruffo: Soap Opera Actress.
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Facts:
  • JFK visits Charles de Gaulle in Paris
  • Judge Irving Kaufman orders Board of Education of New Rochelle to integrate.
  • Benfica wins 6th Europe Cup 1 at Bern, Switzerland.
  • Union of South Africa becomes a republic, leaving the British Commonwealth.
  • Chuck Berry's amusement park Berryland opens in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA.

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in May 1961?

  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.7719
  • Life: Kennedys in Canada
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Eugene Carson Blake -- May 26, 1961

Books

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

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich

By: William L. Shirer

Hailed as “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times), this definitive chronicle of Hitler’s rise to power is back in hardcover with a

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Profiles In Courage

By: John F. Kennedy

Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage served as a clarion call to every American.

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Advise And Consent

By: Allen Drury

Advise And Consent

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A Journey To Matecumbe

By: Robert Lewis Taylor

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS By JOSEPH PAPIN. The book is about an adventure tale set on the Mississippi River down to the Florida Keys.

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