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2017

16th Seduction by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro was one of the best seller of 2017.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2017.

2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron directed by Joss Whedon was one of the most viewed movies released in 2015.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2015.

2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo was one of the most viewed movies released in 2014.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2014.

2013

12th of Never by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro was one of the best seller of 2013.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2013.

2011

Fast Five directed by Justin Lin was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2011.

2010

Iron Man 2 directed by Jon Favreau was one of the most viewed movies released in 2010.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2010.

2009

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past directed by Mark Waters was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2009.

2007

Spider-Man 3 directed by Sam Raimi was one of the most viewed movies released in 2007.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2007.

2006

Famous people born on this day include Gianna Bryant. In UK Crazy by Gnarls Barkley was in the top 5 hits. Over the Hedge, directed by Tim Johnson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2006. 6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2006.

2005

xXx: State of the Union directed by Lee Tamahori was one of the most viewed movies released in 2005.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2005.

2003

Famous people born on this day include Lizzy Greene. In UK Make Luv by Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham was in the top 5 hits. X2, directed by Bryan Singer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2003. 2nd Chance by James Patterson, Andrew Gross was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2003.

2002

Famous people born on this day include Erifilly Hionos. In that special week people in US were listening to Foolish by Ashanti. Jud Süß, directed by Veit Harlan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2002. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2002.

2001

The Mummy Returns directed by Stephen Sommers was one of the most viewed movies released in 2001.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2001.

2000

The US president was Bill Clinton (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Christian Akridge. In that special week people in US were listening to Maria, Maria by Santana. Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2000. A Density Of Souls by Christopher Rice was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 2000.

1999

eXistenZ directed by David Cronenberg was one of the most viewed movies released in 1999.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1999.

1998

Les Misérables directed by Bille August was one of the most viewed movies released in 1998.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1998.

1997

Famous people born on this day include Jake Foushee. In UK I Believe I Can Fly by R Kelly was in the top 5 hits. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, directed by David Mirkin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1997. 8 Weeks to Optimum Health by Andrew Weil was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1997.

1996

Famous people born on this day include Sydney Imbeau. In UK Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison was in the top 5 hits. Fear, directed by James Foley, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1996. A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1996.

1995

Famous people born on this day include Kenny Holland. In UK Dreamer by Livin' Joy was in the top 5 hits. Friday, directed by F. Gary Gray, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1995. Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1995.

1994

A Case of Need by Michael Crichton was one of the best seller of 1994.

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1993

Benny & Joon directed by Jeremiah Chechik was one of the most viewed movies released in 1993.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1993.

1992

The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Madeline Brewer. In UK Deeply Dippy by Right Said Fred was in the top 5 hits. FernGully: The Last Rainforest, directed by Bill Kroyer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992. A Brilliant Madness by Patty Duke and Gloria Hochman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1992.

1991

Famous people born on this day include Marcus Stroman. In UK The One And Only by Chesney Hawkes was in the top 5 hits. Toy Soldiers, directed by Daniel Petrie Jr., was one of the most viewed movies released in 1991. A History Of The Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1991.

1990

Famous people born on this day include Karla Sanchez. In that special week people in US were listening to Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover, directed by Peter Greenaway, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1990. A Bed By The Window by M. Scott Peck was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1990.

1989

Famous people born on this day include Annie Wilkinson. In UK Hand On Your Heart by Kylie Minogue was in the top 5 hits. Field of Dreams, directed by Phil Alden Robinson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1989. About Face by David H. Hackworth and Julie Sherman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1989.

1988

The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Nicholas Braun. Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1988. A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1988.

1987

Famous people born on this day include Amir Johnson. In that special week people in US were listening to (I Just) Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew. La Bamba, directed by Luis Valdez, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1987. Across China by Peter Jenkins was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1987.

1986

Famous people born on this day include Christian Benitez. In that special week people in US were listening to Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer. Legend, directed by Ridley Scott, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1986. A Cast Of Killers by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1986.

1985

Famous people born on this day include Drew Sidora. In UK Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears was in the top 5 hits. Ladyhawke, directed by Richard Donner, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1985. A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1985.

1984

Famous people born on this day include Farah Fath. In that special week people in US were listening to Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) by Phil Collins. The Toxic Avenger, directed by Michael Herz, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1984. Almost Paradise by Susan Isaacs was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1984.

1983

Famous people born on this day include The Human Tornado (Craig Williams). In UK True by Spandau Ballet was in the top 5 hits. Valley Girl, directed by Martha Coolidge, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1983. A Hero For Our Times by Ralph G. Martin was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1983.

1982

Famous people born on this day include Darijo Srna. In that special week people in US were listening to I Love Rock 'N Roll by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. The Long Good Friday, directed by John Mackenzie, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1982. A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney by Andrew A. Rooney was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1982.

1981

Famous people born on this day include Wes Welker. In that special week people in US were listening to Morning Train (Nine To Five) by Sheena Easton. Friday the 13th Part 2, directed by Steve Miner, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1981. A Flag For Sunrise by Robert Stone was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1981.

1980

The US president was Jimmy Carter (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Ana Claudia Talancon. In that special week people in US were listening to Call Me by Blondie. Where the Buffalo Roam, directed by Art Linson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1980. A Field Guide To The Birds by Roger Tory Peterson was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1980.

1979

Famous people born on this day include Jennifer Botterill. In that special week people in US were listening to Reunited by Peaches & Herb. Manhattan, directed by Woody Allen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1979. American Caesar by William Manchester was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1979.

1978

Famous people born on this day include Nick Traina. In that special week people in US were listening to Night Fever by Bee Gees. F.I.S.T, directed by Norman Jewison, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1978. A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1978.

1977

The White Buffalo directed by J. Lee Thompson was one of the most viewed movies released in 1977.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1977.

1976

The US president was Gerald Ford (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Darius McCrary in Walnut. Watch Out, We're Mad, directed by Marcello Fondato, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1976. 1876 by Gore Vidal was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1976.

1975

Famous people born on this day include Jodhi May. In UK Bye Bye Baby by Bay City Rollers was in the top 5 hits. Death Race 2000, directed by Paul Bartel, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1975. Against Our Will by Susan Brownmiller was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1975.

1974

The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Vladimir Zavyalov. In UK Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks was in the top 5 hits. The Lord's of Flatbush, directed by Martin Davidson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1974. A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1974.

1973

Famous people born on this day include Frank Beede. In that special week people in US were listening to Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree by Dawn. Soylent Green, directed by Richard Fleischer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1973. All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1973.

1972

Famous people born on this day include Earl Va'a. In that special week people in US were listening to The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack. Mark of the Devil, directed by Michael Armstrong, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972. A Happy Death by Albert Camus was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1972.

1971

Billy Jack directed by T.C. Frank was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1971.

1970

Famous people born on this day include Damon Diletti. In that special week people in US were listening to ABC by The Jackson 5. A Man Called Horse, directed by Elliot Silverstein, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1970. A Beggar In Jerusalem by Elie Wiesel was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1970.

1969

Ada by Vladimir Nabokov was one of the best seller of 1969.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1969.

1968

The US president was Lyndon B. Johnson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include D'arcy Wretzky. In UK What A Wonderful World / Cabaret by Louis Armstrong was in the top 5 hits. War and Peace, directed by Sergey Bondarchuk, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1968. Airport by Arthur Haile was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1968.

1967

Famous people born on this day include Scott Coffey. In UK Puppet On A String by Sandie Shaw was in the top 5 hits. Two for the Road, directed by Stanley Donen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1967. All In The Family by Edwin O'Connor was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1967.

1966

A Dream Of Kings by Harry Mark Petrakis was one of the best seller of 1966.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1966.

1965

The Pawnbroker directed by Sidney Lumet was one of the most viewed movies released in 1965.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1965.

1964

Famous people born on this day include Ruth Picardie. In that special week people in US were listening to Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles. The Horror of Party Beach, directed by Del Tenney, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1964. A Day In The Life Of President Kennedy by Jim Bishop was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1964.

1963

The US president was John F. Kennedy (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Robert Seguso in Minneapolis. In UK How Do You Do It? by Gerry & The Pacemakers was in the top 5 hits. The Idiot, directed by Akira Kurosawa, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1963. Bride Of Pendorric by Victoria Holt was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1963.

1962

Famous people born on this day include Reggie Pleasant. In that special week people in US were listening to Soldier Boy by The Shirelles. War Hunt, directed by Denis Sanders, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1962. A Bridge For Passing by Pearl S. Buck was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1962.

1961

Famous people born on this day include Charlie O'Brien in Tulsa. In UK Blue Moon by The Marcels was in the top 5 hits. The Bridge, directed by Bernhard Wicki, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1961. A Burnt-Out Case by Graham Greene was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1961.

1960

The US president was Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Albert McDonald in Dartmouth. In UK Cathy's Clown by The Everly Brothers was in the top 5 hits. The Fugitive Kind, directed by Sidney Lumet, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1960. Act One by Moss Hart was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1960.

1959

Famous people born on this day include Eddie Johnson. In UK Side Saddle by Russ Conway was in the top 5 hits. Imitation of Life, directed by Douglas Sirk, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1959. Advise and Consent by Allen Drur was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1959.

1958

Famous people born on this day include John Diehl in Cincinnati. In UK Whole Lotta Woman by Marvin Rainwater was in the top 5 hits. Bob le Flambeur, directed by Melville, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1958. Abandon Ship! by Richard F. Newcomb was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1958.

1957

Famous people born on this day include Dick Swett. In that special week people in US were listening to All Shook Up by Elvis Presley. Desk Set, directed by Walter Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1957. A Hundred Hours To Suez by Robert Henriques was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1957.

1956

Godzilla directed by Ishir Honda was one of the most viewed movies released in 1956.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1956.

1955

Famous people born on this day include Nick Feldman. In UK Stranger In Paradise by Tony Bennett was in the top 5 hits. Marty, directed by Delbert Mann, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1955. A Charmed Life by Mary McCarthy was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1955.

1954

Three Coins in the Fountain directed by Jean Negulesco was one of the most viewed movies released in 1954.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1954.

1953

Famous people born on this day include Mindy Moore. In UK She Wears Red Feathers by Guy Mitchell was in the top 5 hits. Shane, directed by George Stevens, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1953. A House Is Not A Home by Polly Adler was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1953.

1952

Abraham Lincoln by Benjamin P. Thomas was one of the best seller of 1952.

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1951

The Thing from Another World directed by Christian Nyby was one of the most viewed movies released in 1951.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1951.

1950

D.O.A. directed by Rudolph Mat was one of the most viewed movies released in 1950.

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1949

The Secret Garden directed by Fred M. Wilcox was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1949.

1948

State of the Union directed by Frank Capra was one of the most viewed movies released in 1948.

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1947

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz was one of the most viewed movies released in 1947.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1947.

1946

Make Mine Music directed by Bob Cormack was one of the most viewed movies released in 1946.

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1945

Blood on the Sun directed by Frank Lloyd was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1945.

1944

The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Roby Facchinetti. Gaslight, directed by George Cukor, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1944.

1943

Lady of Burlesque directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1943.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1943.

1942

Tarzan's New York Adventure directed by Richard Thorpe was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1942.

1941

Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles was one of the most viewed movies released in 1941.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1941.

1940

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe directed by Ford Beebe was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940.

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1939

Union Pacific directed by Cecil B. DeMille was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939.

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1938

International Crime directed by Charles Lamont was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938.

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1937

Night Must Fall directed by Richard Thorpe was one of the most viewed movies released in 1937.

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1936

Things to Come directed by William Cameron Menzies was one of the most viewed movies released in 1936.

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1935

The Informer directed by John Ford was one of the most viewed movies released in 1935.

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1934

Tarzan and His Mate directed by Cedric Gibbons was one of the most viewed movies released in 1934.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1934.

1933

The Three Musketeers directed by Colbert Clark was one of the most viewed movies released in 1933.

But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1933.

1932

The US president was Herbert Hoover (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Jacques-Louis Binet. Grand Hotel, directed by Edmund Goulding, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1932. Magnolia Street by Louis Golding was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1932.

1931

The Public Enemy directed by William A. Wellman was one of the most viewed movies released in 1931.

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1930

Paramount on Parade directed by Dorothy Arzner was one of the most viewed movies released in 1930.

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1929

Alibi directed by Roland West was one of the most viewed movies released in 1929.

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1928

The US president was Calvin Coolidge (Republican). Famous people born on this day include André Weber. The Man Who Laughs, directed by Paul Leni, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1928. Claire Ambler by Booth Tarkington was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened, find out here: 01 May 1928.

1927

The King of Kings directed by Cecil B. DeMille was one of the most viewed movies released in 1927.

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1926

Kiki directed by Clarence Brown was one of the most viewed movies released in 1926.

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1925

Strike directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein was one of the most viewed movies released in 1925.

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1924

Sherlock Jr. directed by Buster Keaton was one of the most viewed movies released in 1924.

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1923

Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis was one of the best seller of 1923.

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1922

The Man from Beyond directed by Burton L. King was one of the most viewed movies released in 1922.

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1921

Anna Boleyn directed by Ernst Lubitsch was one of the most viewed movies released in 1921.

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1920

A Man for the Ages by Irving Bacheller was one of the best seller of 1920.

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1919

Dangerous Days by Mary Roberts Rinehart was one of the best seller of 1919.

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1918

Dere Mable by Edward Streeter was one of the best seller of 1918.

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1917

A Mormon Maid directed by Robert Z. Leonard was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917.

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1916

Civilization directed by Reginald Barker was one of the most viewed movies released in 1916.

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1915

A Far Country by Winston Churchill was one of the best seller of 1915.

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1914

The Battle of the Sexes directed by D.W. Griffith was one of the most viewed movies released in 1914.

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1913

Quo Vadis? directed by Enrico Guazzoni was one of the most viewed movies released in 1913.

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1912

A Hoosier Chronicle by Meredith Nicholson was one of the best seller of 1912.

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1911

Queed Henry by Sydnor Harrison was one of the best seller of 1911.

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1910

A Modern Chronicle by Winston Churchill was one of the best seller of 1910.

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1909

Sherlock Holmes IV directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1909.

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1908

Mr. Crewe's Career by Winston Churchill was one of the best seller of 1908.

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1907

Satan Sanderson by Hallie Erminie Rives was one of the best seller of 1907.

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1906

Coniston by Winston Churchill was one of the best seller of 1906.

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1905

Nedra George by Barr McCutcheon was one of the best seller of 1905.

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1904

In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson was one of the best seller of 1904.

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1903

Gordon Keith by Thomas Nelson Page was one of the best seller of 1903.

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1902

Audrey by Mary Johnston was one of the best seller of 1902.

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1901

Fulton Market directed by was one of the most viewed movies released in 1901.

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