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Friday 17 May 1940

1940-05-17

It was Friday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Our Town, directed by Sam Wood, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
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Old Newspapers

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Our Town

Directed by: Sam Wood

Starring: William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter

Country: United States

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Waterloo Bridge

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson

Country: United States

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My Favorite Wife

Directed by: Garson Kanin

Starring: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott

Country: United States

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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

Directed by: Ford Beebe

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton

Country: United States

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One Million B.C.

Directed by: Hal Roach Jr.

Starring: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr.

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

NBC News (1940 TV Series)

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 May 1940 ?

Holidays:
  • Norwegian Constitution Day or Syttende Mai.
  • Dfa das Letras Galegas ("Galician Literature Day") ? holiday in Galicia, honouring the Galician language.
  • Bah�'f Faith ? Feast of 'Azaamat (Grandeur) ? First day of the fourth month of the Bah�'f Calendar.
  • Saint Paschal Baylon or Pascal Baylon
  • Saint Montanus
Famous Birthdays:
  • Adel Emam: Movie Actor.
  • Alan Kay: American entrepreneur, one of the fathers of Object Oriented Programming.
  • Reynato Puno: Filipino lawyer and jurist 22nd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
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Facts:
  • Germany occupies Brussels, Belgium and begins invasion of France
  • World War II: the old city centre of the Dutch town of Middelburg is bombed by the German Luftwaffe, to force the surrender of the Dutch armies in Zeeland.

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in May 1940?

  • Life: Silk shawls in fashion
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: General Von Falkenhorst -- May 13, 1940
  • Life: Royal Air Force Gunner

Books

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

How Green Was My Valley

By: Richard Llewellyn

How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn's bestselling -- and timeless -- classic and the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when ...

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Kitty Foyle

By: Christopher Morle

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Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

As a best-selling book and an Academy Award-winning movie. Mrs. Miniver's adventures have charmed millions. This edition, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the book's orginal publication in the U.S.,

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By: Ernest Hemingwa

For Whom the Bell Tolls 1940 FIRST

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