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1942

By this time, the world was in despair over the raging Second World War. Mrs. Miniver was the highest grossing film in the world starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.

1942

Le Silence de la Mer (The Silence of the Sea) by Jean Bruller and issued discreetly. The novel focused on the resistance of the Nazi occupation of France. Distribution was only possible for a hundred copies in France while the Nazis destroyed the rest. By year’s end, White Christmas by Bing Crosby was at the top of all the major hit lists in Europe and the USA.

The United Nations is the elite body that ensures that peace reigns on earth and mediates between warring factions. On January 1, 1942, USA President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his British counterpart, Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued a signed declaration called the United Nations. The UN started with 26 nations.

The USA had stayed out of the war until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. By May 15, 1942, gasoline rationing began in 17 states on the USA East coast. This was an attempt to help the American effort in the war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt then moved to ensure there was mandatory gasoline rationing in all the 50 states of the USA.

Hitler and his Nazi party had a conviction that Jews were not people but beasts and this saw the slaughter of thousands of Jews. On October 29, 1942, the leading British political figures and the clergy held a public meeting to protest against the ongoing persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.

Nazi Germany had sought to host the 1942 FIFA World Cup but the event failed to take place because of the raging war. This year also saw the birth of individuals who were to shape a generation including, British physicist Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest boxers of all time Muhammad Ali, American Singer Aretha Franklin and many others.

Have a look at how Virginia, United States of America was like in 1942

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

A Date with the Falcon

Directed by: Irving Reis

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, James Gleason

Country: United States

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Kings Row

Directed by: Sam Wood

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan

Country: United States

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To Be or Not to Be

Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch

Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack

Country: United States

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This Gun for Hire

Directed by: Frank Tuttle

Starring: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1942 ?

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

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

DJ is rather worn to edges with tears and chips/holes and spine well faded/sunned. Content is lightly age toned with heavier toning to the rough cut page ends and endpapers.

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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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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1942 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. David
  7. Charles
  8. Thomas
  9. Ronald
  10. Donald
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Barbara
  3. Patricia
  4. Linda
  5. Carol
  6. Sandra
  7. Judith
  8. Nancy
  9. Betty
  10. Carolyn

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