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Saturday 31 December 1938

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It was Saturday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). The Dawn Patrol, directed by Edmund Goulding, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938
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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 Dawn Patrol

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

Starring: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven

Country: United States

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A Christmas Carol

Directed by: Edwin L. Marin

Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart

Country: United States

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Pygmalion

Directed by: Anthony Asquith

Starring: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson

Country: United States

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The Terror of Tiny Town

Directed by: Sam Newfield

Starring: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, 'Little Billy' Rhodes

Country: United States

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Blondie

Directed by: Frank R. Strayer

Starring: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released this week ?

Vine Street

Starring: John Barkeley, Shirley Thomas

Country: United States

Vine Street

Starring: John Barkeley, Shirley Thomas

Country: United States

Vine Street

Starring: John Barkeley, Shirley Thomas

Country: United States

Vine Street

Starring: John Barkeley, Shirley Thomas

Country: United States

Vine Street

Starring: John Barkeley, Shirley Thomas

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1938 ?

Holidays:
  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
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Facts:
  • The 8th International Conference of American States issues the Declaration of Lima, that the American countries agree to stand united against any threat.
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt issues a proclamation that the government will continue to purchase domestically mined silver for 64.64 cents per ounce until June 30. (Current world price of silver is 43 cents.)
  • Dr. Charles Greeley Abbot, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, receives a US patent for a "solar distilling apparatus", which uses concentrated Sun's rays to heat contaminated water to boiling, then the water vapor is collected.
  • Herbert Lehman is sworn in as Governor of New York State for fourth four-year term.
  • Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer", first breath test, introduced in Indiana, USA.

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1938 ?

Top #3 songs in the USA
  1. They Say - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  2. You're A Sweet Little Headache - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (Vocal Martha Tilton)
  3. Thanks for Everything - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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CD and DVD Birthday Cards

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1938?

  • Life: Yuletide pageant
  • Time: Painting by Jean Charlot
  • Life: Mary Martin

Books

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

The Yearling

By: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend.

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The Citadel

By: A. J. Cronin

This thrilling novel of a doctor's life has been the subject of a Mobil Masterpiece Theatre dramatic series on PBS. "Cronin's distinguished achievement. . . .

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My Son, My Son!

By: Howard Spring

18x11x3cm. Broché.

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Rebecca

By: Daphne du Maurier

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young ...

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