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Saturday 8 August 1942

It was Saturday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Dennis Canavan and Jay David. Bambi, directed by James Algar, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942 while Dragon Seed by Pearl S. Buck was one of the best selling books.
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Directed by: James Algar

Starring: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey

Country: United States

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Wake Island

Directed by: John Farrow

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey

Country: United States

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Holiday Inn

Directed by: Mark Sandrich

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds

Country: United States

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The Pride of the Yankees

Directed by: Sam Wood

Starring: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth

Country: United States

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The Magnificent Ambersons

Directed by: Orson Welles

Starring: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 8 August 1942 ?

  • 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:
  • Dennis Canavan: Scottish politician; Labour Member of Parliament returned at General Election 6/11/1987.
  • Jay David: Rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show).
  • John Gustafson: English singer-songwriter and bass player (Roxy Music Ian Gillan Band The Big Three Quatermass and Episode Six) (d. 2014).
  • Vardo Rumessen: Estonian pianist and musicologist (d. 2015).
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  • Monty appointed Commandant of British 8th Army at Alamein
  • 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washington DC
  • Dianthus sinks U-379
  • Russ anti-offensive of Voronezh under marshal Timosjenko
  • Six convicted German saboteurs who landed in US are executed in Washington DC.

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Dragon Seed

By: Pearl S. Buck

The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China. In the novel, Nobel Prize Winner, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most interesting rulers during a time of intense turbulence.

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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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Windswept Mary

By: Ellen Chase


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Drivin' Woman

By: Elizabeth Pickett

Literary Guild Book. Book in pretty good shape and dj torn on the back. Story about post civil war South.

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