It was Thursday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). .
But much more happened that day: find out below..



Which were the most popular movies released in March 1949 ?

  • The Set-UpThe Set-Up
    directed by Robert Wise
    starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias
  • The Red PonyThe Red Pony
    directed by Lewis Milestone
    starring: Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern
  • ImpactImpact
    directed by Arthur Lubin
    starring: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn
  • Little WomenLittle Women
    directed by Mervyn LeRoy
    starring: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien
  • Take Me Out to the Ball GameTake Me Out to the Ball Game
    directed by Busby Berkeley
    starring: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly


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Historical Events

Which were the important events of Thursday, 17 March 1949 ?

  • Ancient Rome - the second day of the Bacchanalia in honor of Bacchus
  • Ancient Rome - the Liberalia in honor of Liber
  • St. Agricola
  • St. Joseph of Arimathea
  • Feast day of St Patrick: a public holiday in Ireland (National feast) and Montserrat, widely celebrated in North America and worldwide (see St. Patrick's Day)
  • Ancient Latvia - Kustonu Diena (return of the larks) observed
  • Boston, Massachusetts - Evacuation Day

  • The Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas, owned by oil tycoon Glenn McCarthy, has its grand opening.

Famous People born
Patrick Duffy in Townsend: Montana, USA; actor (Bobby - Dallas, Man from Atlantis).
Pat Rice: Northern Irish footballer and football manager
Daniel Lavoie: Canadian singer and songwriter

Famous People died
Felix Bressart: Actor (Escape, Ninotchka, Iceland), dies at 54
Aleksandra Ekster: Russian painter (Born 1882)

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in March 1949 ?

  •  Esquire Magazine cover Esquire
  •  TIME Magazine Cover: Perle Mesta -- Mar. 14, 1949 Time
    TIME Magazine Cover: Perle Mesta -- Mar. 14, 1949


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

The Egyptian by Mika Waltari

The Egyptian

by Mika Waltari

Excellent read [...]

The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas

The Big Fisherman

by Lloyd C. Douglas

Big Fisherman, The, by Douglas, Lloyd C. [...]

Mary by Sholem Asch


by Sholem Asch

G. Putnam Pub. First Edition, First Printing, name first page no oher marks found. [...]

A Rage to Live by John O'Hara

A Rage to Live

by John O'Hara

A momentous bestseller when it was first published in 1949, John O’Hara’s sprawling novel A Rage to Live offers up a gorgeous pageant of idealists and libertines, tradesmen and crusaders, men [...]

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