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Saturday 3 August 1940

It was Saturday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Martin Sheen and Anne Toth. The Return of Frank James, directed by Fritz Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940 while Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

The Return of Frank James

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper

Country: United States

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They Drive by Night

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Country: United States

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Pride and Prejudice

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley

Country: United States

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All This, and Heaven Too

Directed by: Anatole Litvak

Starring: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn

Country: United States

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The Sea Hawk

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 3 August 1940 ?

  • Roman Catholicism - the feasts of at least 3 saints: St. Gamaliel
  • Equatorial Guinea - Armed Forces Day
  • St. Nicodemus
  • Niger - Independence Day
  • St. Walthen
Famous Birthdays:
  • Martin Sheen: American actor in more than a dozen box-office hits, memorable films that included "Gandhi," "Blind Ambition" and "Apocalypse Now," 1979.
  • Anne Toth: Canadian astrologer from 1962 and cabalist from 1971-72, also skilled in tarot and metaphysics.
  • Lance Alworth: American pro football, nicknamed Bambi, receiver with the most pass-receptions in 1969 playing for the San Diego Chargers.
  • John W: Carlin; American politician (Governor-Democrat-Kansas).
  • Gerard Alsteens: Belgian cartoon artist known as "Gal.
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Famous Deaths:
  • German occupiers forbid ritual slaughters and English and French movies
  • Italian troops invade British Somalia
  • Lithuanian SSR is accepted into USSR
  • Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passagiersvlucht to the US
  • World War II: Italian forces begin the invasion of British Somaliland.

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

Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

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Stars on the Sea

By: F. van Wyck

Deals with the founding of the United States Navy during the American Revolution.

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The Nazarene

By: Sholem Asch


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Kitty Foyle

By: Christopher Morle

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