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Wednesday 11 November 1942, Veteran's Day

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Scorpio. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Charles Konan Banny and William Matthews. Gentleman Jim, directed by Raoul Walsh, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942 while Drivin' Woman by Elizabeth Pickett was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Gentleman Jim

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson

Country: United States

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Road to Morocco

Directed by: David Butler

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

Country: United States

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The Palm Beach Story

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor

Country: United States

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I Married a Witch

Directed by: Rene Clair

Starring: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley

Country: United States

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Now, Voyager

Directed by: Irving Rapper

Starring: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 11 November 1942 ?

  • Colombia - Independence of Cartagena, from the Spanish Army in (1918)
  • Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations, including United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
  • Lacplesis' Day (1919) in Latvia: the official date for commemoration of Latvian soldiers, who had died for the country's freedom.
  • Armistice Day in France and Belgium: end of World War I (1918)
  • Poland - Independence Day (1918)
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Famous Deaths:
  • Anton H Blaauw: Botanist (Perception of the Lichtes), dies at 60.
  • Hector Abbas: Actor / director (Rosa Lynd Company), dies at 58.
  • 745 French Jews deported to Auschwitz
  • During WWII Germany completes their occupation of France
  • Jews in Free Zone of France ordered to wear yellow star of David
  • Lieutenant General Kumakashi Harada becomes Japanese commander on Java
  • World War II: Nazi Germany completes its occupation of France.

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Which were the top hits in that special week of November 1942 ?

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. There Are Such Things - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (Vocal Frank Sinatra & Pied Pipers)

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

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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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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And Now Tomorrow

By: Rachel Field

After going deaf from an attack of meningitis, Emily struggles to regain her hearing

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Windswept Mary

By: Ellen Chase


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