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THURSDAY BACKTRACK: Music and news from 60 years ago - week ending 25 November 1961

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Rising to  #4 this week: Frankie Vaughan with ‘Tower Of Strength’:

Some memorable events (via Wikipedia):

19 November: ’Michael Rockefeller, son of New York Governor, and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared off of the coast of New Guinea. His body was never found and a court in White Plains, New York, officially declared him dead on January 31, 1964.’

21 November: ‘The first revolving restaurant in the United States, “La Ronde”, opened on the 23rd floor of the Ala Moana Building on 1441 Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu.’
23 November – Dominican Republic coup: Following the departure three days earlier of the last twenty-seven members of the Trujillo family, President Joaquín Balaguer’s request for the name of the capital, which had been Ciudad Trujillo for 35 years, to revert to Santo Domingo. was unanimously approved by the Dominican Congress.
24 November: ‘The United Nations General Assembly approved Resoulution 1653 (XVI), the “Declaration on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear and Thermonuclear Weapons”, by a 2/3rds majority (55-20, with 26 abstentions).’ Among the abstainers were Iran, Israel and Pakistan.

25 November: ’The USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was commissioned.’ The ship was deactivated on 1 December 2012.


26 November: ’In the Avellaneda derby soccer match between Club Atlético Independiente and Racing Club de Avellaneda, the referee was forced to suspend play for six minutes due to fighting amongst the players. Four players from each team were sent off. The game ended in a 1–1 draw.’


28 November: ‘After Morocco’s King Hasssan II agreed to allow the Arab nation’s Jewish minority to leave, the first group of 105 Jews was allowed to fly out to Israel. By the end of the year, 11,478 had left, and over the next two years, the 85,000 members of the community had emigrated.’

UK chart hits, week ending 18 November 1961 (tracks in italics have been played in earlier posts)

Htp: Clint’s labour-of love compilation


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