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Thursday 11 July 1940

It was Thursday, under the sign of Cancer. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Jacques Revaux and Rafael Martinez. All This, and Heaven Too, directed by Anatole Litvak, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940 while For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingwa was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

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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Tom Brown's School Days

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Starring: Cedric Hardwicke, Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon

Country: United States

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The Mortal Storm

Directed by: Frank Borzage

Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young

Country: United States

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The Ghost Breakers

Directed by: George Marshall

Starring: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 11 July 1940 ?

  • Mongolia - Naadam Holiday
  • Feast Day of Saint Benedict (founder of the Benedictine Order)
  • United States: Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven (most locations do this - get a free 7.11oz Slurpee on 7-11).
  • Bonfire night in Northern Ireland, precursor to The_Twelfth
  • Feast Day of Saint Olga (first Russian Saint)
Famous Birthdays:
  • Jacques Revaux: French songwriter most famous for his 1968 collaboration with singer Claude François on the song "Comme d'habitude" that singer-songwriter Paul Anka reworked into the English language as "My Way".
  • Rafael Martinez: Horse trainer.
  • Terry Patchett: Politician.
  • Yvon Charbonneau: French Canadian union leader and politician.
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  • British and German dogfight above Lyme Bay
  • World War II: Vichy France regime is formally established. Henri Philippe Petain becomes Prime Minister of France.

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

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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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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