Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Harry Potter And JK Rowling Birthday Facts

Harry Potter And JK Rowling Birthday Facts
To celebrate Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling's birthday, I thought it'd be fun to use our time-turner and go back to see what was happening the day and year that these two iconic figures were born. What was the number one song on the radio? or movie at the theatres? Check it out!

J.K. Rowling - July 31st 1965

- Lyndon B. Johnson was President of the United States. Harold Wilson was the Prime Minister of England.

- I Can't Get No Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones was the #1 song on the charts on this day. In the UK, Mr. Tambourine Man by Bryds was the #1 song in the U.K. The Beatles hit a top five hit with Help!

- Only three books made it to the top of  the New York Times list for the year: Herzog by Saul Bellow, Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman, and The Source by James Michener.

- The Sound of Music was the #1 movie in the U.S. at the box office during the week of July 25st. It was also the top grossing movie of the year and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

General events that took place throughout the year:
  • Cigarette Ads were banned on British TV
  • Prime Ministers of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland met for the first time in 43 years
  • Sir Winston Churchill died aged ninety 
  • the Beatles film Help! debut in London becoming a major inspiration over the years for revolutionizing the idea of music videos
  • Corgi Toys introduced the all-time best-selling model car, James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from the film Goldfinger
  • A blackout hit parts of Canada and U.S. North East
  • The Gateway Arch In St. Louis, Missouri, standing at 630-foot-tall is completed
  • African Americans are guaranteed the right to vote with the 1965 Voting Rights Act becoming law
  • the popular soap opera "Days of Our Lives" debuted on NBC

Harry Potter - July 31st 1980

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States. Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of England.

- The number 1 song in the U.S. charts on his birthday was Magic by Olivia Newton-John. Use It Up and Wear It Out by Odyssey was #1 in the U.K.

Caddyshack was the reigning movie at the box office the week of July 27th in the United States.

- The most popular books on the NYT Bestseller's list for the year included Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut and The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum. The latter was later adapted into films featuring Matt Damon.

General events that took place throughout the year:
  • Soviet Viktor Gorbatko and Pham Tu├ón were the first Asian and first Vietnamese, respsectively, cosmonauts to orbit in space aboard the Soyuz 37
  • Mount St. Helen in Washington, United States erupted in early Spring
  • The Rubik Cube debuted at a toy fair in London
  • 23,500,000 viewers tuned in for the ITV showing of the James Bond film Live and Let Die (1973), becoming the British record for a TV audience
  • The war between Iran and Iraq began in September
  • The U.S. defeated the Soviet Union in ice hockey in what was labeled the "Miracle on Ice"
  • Post-It Notes were officially released into stores
  • In June, CNN launched becoming the first 24/7 news service in television history
  • U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.

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