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Wednesday 20 November 1940

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Bob Einstein in Los Angeles and Philippe Darondel. The Letter, directed by William Wyler, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
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Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers

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Movies

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

The Letter

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson

Country: United States

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Fantasia

Directed by: Leopold Stokowski

Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

Country: United States

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The Mark of Zorro

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone

Country: United States

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North West Mounted Police

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard

Country: United States

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Christmas in July

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

Gabby

Starring: Pinto Colvig

Country: United States

Gabby

Starring: Pinto Colvig

Country: United States

Gabby

Starring: Pinto Colvig

Country: United States

Gabby

Starring: Pinto Colvig

Country: United States

Gabby

Starring: Pinto Colvig

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 20 November 1940 ?

Holidays:
  • Church of England - Edmund the Martyr
  • Brazil - Zumbi Day (since 1978)
  • United Kingdom - wedding day of Queen Elizabeth II (1947), official flag day
  • Mexico - Anniversary of the Revolution (1910)
  • UNICEF - Universal Children's Day
Famous Birthdays:
  • Bob Einstein in Los Angeles: California, USA; comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne).
  • Philippe Darondel: French race horse trainer and jockey, the father of jockeys Jean-Philippe and Frédéric Darondel.
  • Morris Jarvis: American merchandise marketer and CEO in charge of Hancock Fabrics, a craft line, fabrics wholesale and retail marketer.
  • John Rollwagon: American electrical engineer and CEO in charge of Cray Research, a science-based supercomputer manufacturer.
  • Arieh Warshel: Israeli-American Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern California.
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Facts:
  • Hungary joins 3 Power pact
  • World War II: Hungary becomes a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.
  • In Romania, coup leader General Ion Antonescu's Iron Guard arrests and executes over 60 of exiled king Carol II of Romania's aides. Among the dead is former minister and acclaimed historian Nicolae Iorga.
  • WWII: The Royal Navy and Regia Marina fight the Battle of Cape Spartivento.
  • December ndash Timely Comics' Captain America Comics #1 (cover dated March 1941), first appearance of Captain America and Bucky, hits newsstands in the United States.

Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of November 1940 ?

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. Down Argentina Way - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra

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Magazine Covers

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

  • Life: Roosevelt wins third term
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Leopold Stokowski -- Nov. 18, 1940
  • Life: Michigans Tom Harmon

Books

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

How Green Was My Valley

By: Richard Llewellyn

A poignant coming-of-age novel set in a Welsh mining town, Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley is a paean to a more innocent age, published in Penguin Modern Classics Growing up in a mining community in rural South Wales, ...

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Kitty Foyle

By: Christopher Morle

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Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

Meet Mrs. Miniver. She is the universal, heart-warming symbol of the endurable and pleasant sides of existence. Against the shadow of the present she holds up to view the everyday domesticities, the comings and goings of famioy live, and finds ...

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By: Ernest Hemingwa

For Whom the Bell Tolls 1940 FIRST

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Videogames

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