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Thursday 8 August 1940

It was Thursday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Just Jaeckin and Dilip Sardesai. The Great McGinty, directed by Preston Sturges, 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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Movies

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

The Great McGinty

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff

Country: United States

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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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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 8 August 1940 ?

Holidays:
  • Roman Catholicism - the feasts of at least ? saints: St. Dominic de Guzman, priest, (1170-1221).
  • Sweden - Namesday of Queen Silvia, an Official Flag Day.
  • Taiwan: Father's Day. (In Mandarin, Ba Ba means father and 8-8, or August 8).
  • St. Hormisdas
  • St. Smaragdus (and companions)
Famous Birthdays:
  • Just Jaeckin: French film director, best known for "Emmanuelle", played by Sylvia Kristel.
  • Dilip Sardesai: Indian cricketer (d. 2007).
  • Dennis Tito: American engineer and businessman founded Wilshire Associates.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Johnny Dodds: American clarinet player and saxophonist (d. 1940).
Facts:
  • 31 German aircrafts shot down over England
  • Battle of Britain began as Germany launches air attacks
  • The ''Aufbau Ost'' directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
  • WWII: Wilhelm Keitel signs the quotAufbau Ostquot directive, which eventually leads to the invasion of the Soviet Union.

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What news were making the headlines those days in August 1940?

  • Life: Woman on sailboat
  • Time: Commander in Chief of the entire British Army
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Books

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

Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By: Ernest Hemingwa

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The Nazarene

By: Sholem Asch

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Kitty Foyle

By: Christopher Morle

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