It was Wednesday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). .
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in October 1940 ?
  • North West Mounted PoliceNorth West Mounted Police
    directed by Cecil B. DeMille
    starring: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard
  • Christmas in JulyChristmas in July
    directed by Preston Sturges
    starring: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn
  • The Great DictatorThe Great Dictator
    directed by Charles Chaplin
    starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
  • The Long Voyage HomeThe Long Voyage Home
    directed by John Ford
    starring: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter
  • Too Many GirlsToo Many Girls
    directed by George Abbott
    starring: Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of Wednesday, 23 October 1940 ?

Holidays
  • Chemistry: Mole Day
  • Astrology: First day of sun sign Scorpio in Western tropical astrology.
  • Hungary - National Day (revolution of 1956 and the proclamation of the Republic of Hungary in 1989)
  • Also see October 23 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Giovanni da Capistrano; Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
  • French Republican Calendar - CTleri (Celery) Day, second day in the Month of Brumaire

Famous People born
Freddie Marsden: Liverpool, England -- Rock drummer (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
Jordan Christopher in Youngston: Ohio, USA; actor (Return of the Seven).
Ellie Greenwich: American singer (d. 2009)
Baby Jane Holzer: American art collector, film producer and Andy Warhol ''superstar''
Pele: Brazilian footballer

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Music Charts

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

 Esquire Magazine cover
Esquire Magazine cover

Magazine

 TIME Magazine Cover: Wendell Willkie -- Oct. 21, 1940
TIME Magazine Cover: Wendell Willkie -- Oct. 21, 1940
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Books

How Green Was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn

How Green Was My Valley - Richard Llewellyn

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Books

Kitty Foyle - Christopher Morle

Kitty Foyle - Christopher Morle

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Books

Mrs. Miniver - Jan Struther

Mrs. Miniver - Jan Struther

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Books

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingwa

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingwa

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Old Journal Ads

Eveready Batteries  My Cries Were Whispers (1940)Eveready Batteries My Cries Were Whispers (1940)
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Old Journal Ads

Public forum  Eric Grimwade, journalist and commentator, will discuss focal points of the world crisis / designed & made by Iowa Art Program, W.P.A. (1940)Public forum Eric Grimwade, journalist and commentator, will discuss focal points of the world crisis / designed & made by Iowa Art Program, W.P.A. (1940)
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Old Journal Ads

Victor Adding Machines  The Subtractor (1940)Victor Adding Machines The Subtractor (1940)
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