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Saturday 31 August 1940

It was Saturday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Jack Thompson [John Pain] and Alain Calmat. Boom Town, directed by Jack Conway, 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 ?

Boom Town

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert

Country: United States

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Foreign Correspondent

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall

Country: United States

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The Great McGinty

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff

Country: United States

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The Return of Frank James

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper

Country: United States

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Le Jour se Leve

Directed by: Marcel Carn

Starring: Jean Gabin, Jacqueline Laurent, Arletty

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1940 ?

Holidays:
  • Trinidad and Tobago - Independence Day (from Great Britain, 1962)
  • Kyrgyzstan - Independence Day (from USSR, 1991)
  • Malaysia - Hari Merdeka, a National Day (independence within the Commonwealth, 1957)
  • Moldova: Day of Our Language (Limba Noastra)
  • Calendar of Saints - Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, San Abbondio, Saint Raymond Nonnatus
Famous Birthdays:
  • Jack Thompson [John Pain]: Sydney, NSW -- Actor (Breaker Morant).
  • Alain Calmat: French surgeon and politician, formerly ice skater, he won a gold medal at the 1965 world championship and a silver at tha 1964 Olympics.
  • Robbie Basho: American guitarist pianist and composer (d. 1986).
  • Wilton Felder: American saxophonist and bass player (The Crusaders) (d. 2015).
  • Larry Hankin: American actor director producer and screenwriter.
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Famous Deaths:
Facts:
  • 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • 56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)
  • Fighter Command loses 39 / Luftwaffe 41 airplanes
  • German occupiers in the Netherlands begin soap ration
  • US National Guard assembles

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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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