Monday 31 August 1942


It was Monday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Across the Pacific, directed by John Huston, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942
But much more happened that day: find out below..

Old Newspapers

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Across the Pacific

Across the Pacific

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet

Country: United States

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A Yank at Eton

A Yank at Eton

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Edmund Gwenn, Ian Hunter

Country: United States

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The Talk of the Town

The Talk of the Town

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman

Country: United States

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Directed by: James Algar

Starring: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey

Country: United States

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Wake Island

Wake Island

Directed by: John Farrow

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey

Country: United States

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TV Series

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1942 ?

  • 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:
  • Christopher Morgan: American TV producer who was nominated for an Emmy for "Police Story," at the awards ceremony in Santa Monica, CA on 5/19/1975.
  • Carole Wells in Shreveport: Louisiana, USA; actress (Pistols n Petticoats).
  • Daniel Percheron: French politician who has served in the Senate of France, representing the Pas-de-Calais department, since 1983.
  • Isao Aoki: Abiko Chiba, Japan -- PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open).
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Famous Deaths:
  • Von Bismarck: German major General, (Africa Corps), dies in battle.
  • Battle at Alam Halfa: German and Italians assault
  • U-boats sunk this month 108 ships (544,000 ton)
  • A general strike is launched in Luxembourg to protest against forced conscription.

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in August 1942?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Karl von Rundstedt -- Aug. 31, 1942
  • Life: Torpedo boat ensign
  • Vogue
  • Esquire


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

The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel

The Song of Bernadette

By: Franz Werfel

This is the classic work that tells the true story surrounding the miraculous visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858. Werfel, a highly respected anti-Nazi writer from Vienna, became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in ...

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The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck

The Moon Is Down

By: John Steinbeck

Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside—and betrayal born within the close-knit community In this masterful tale set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on ...

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Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck

Dragon Seed

By: Pearl S. Buck

To the Chinese the dragon is not an evil creature, but is a god and the friend of men who worship him. He "holds in his power prosperity and peace."

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And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field

And Now Tomorrow

By: Rachel Field

This early work by Rachel Field was originally published in 1942 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'And Now Tomorrow' is a bestselling novel that was adapted into a film in 1944.

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