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Wednesday 31 August 1949

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Rick Roberts and Richard Gere in Philadelphia. White Heat, directed by Raoul Walsh, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949 On TV people were watching The Voice of Firestone.
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Old Newspapers

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Movies

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

White Heat

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Country: United States

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Madame Bovary

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin

Country: United States

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I Was a Male War Bride

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall

Country: United States

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The Window

Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy

Country: United States

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In the Good Old Summertime

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Voice of Firestone

Starring: Eleanor Steber, Risë Stevens, Jerome Hines, Thomas L. Thomas

Country: United States

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Martin Kane

Starring: Walter Kinsella, Nicholas Saunders, King Calder, William Gargan

Country: United States

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Crusader Rabbit

Written by: Alexander Anderson, Jay Ward

Starring: Vern Louden, Roy Whaley, Russ Coughlan, GeGe Pearson

Country: United States

Hands of Mystery

Starring: Ruth White, Edward Andrews, Hugh Franklin, Brook Byron

Country: United States

The Magic Cottage

Starring: Pat Meikle, Stuart Bradley, Don Hastings, Bernard Kates

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1949 ?

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:
  • Rick Roberts: Rocker (Firefall).
  • Richard Gere in Philadelphia: Pennsylvania, USA; actor (Breathless, Cotton Club, Pretty Woman).
  • Jim Fassel: American football player, the head coach of the New York Giants.
  • Richard Gere: American actor, known for his gentle good looks and his devotion to Buddhism and the Dalai Lama since the early ‘70s.
  • Margreth Huber: Swiss pro astrologer and teacher who was married to Michael Alexander Huber; she remarried after a divorce and is now Margaretha Perla Sicher.
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Famous Deaths:
Facts:
  • The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
  • Howard Unruh, a World War II veteran, kills thirteen neighbors in Camden, New Jersey with a souvenir Luger to become America's first single-episode mass murderer.
  • Allied military authorities relinquish control of former Nazi Germany assets back to Germany.

Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of August 1949 ?

Top #4 songs in the USA
  1. Frankie Laine - That Lucky Old Sun
  2. Room Full of Roses - Jerry Wayne
  3. Maybe It's Because - Eddy Howard & His Orchestra
  4. Vic Damone - My Bolero

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in August 1949?

  • Life: College fashions
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: David Dubinsky -- Aug. 29, 1949
  • Life: Texas cowboy

Books

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

The Egyptian

By: Mika Waltari

First published in the United States in 1949 and widely condemned as obscene, The Egyptian outsold every other novel published that year, and remains a classic; readers worldwide have testified to its life-changing power.

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The Big Fisherman

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

A perennial favourite from Lloyd C. Douglas, and the basis for a movie of the same title directed by Frank Borzage.

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Mary

By: Sholem Asch

Rooted in scholarship, in thorough absorption in place and period, this story of the Mother of Jesus succeeds in keeping Mary (or Miriam as she is called in the Hebrew tradition) at the core, the heart of the whole.

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A Rage to Live

By: John O'Hara

When the beautiful, imperious and moneyed Grace Caldwell Tate wants something she goes after it. Her affair scandalises Pennsylvania's elite and she must face the costs to her marriage and the man she really loves.

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