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Monday 12 January 1942

It was Monday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Bernardine Dohrn and Michel Mayor. Woman of the Year, directed by George Stevens, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942 while Windswept Mary by Ellen Chase was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Voice of America News.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Woman of the Year

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter

Country: United States

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A Date with the Falcon

Directed by: Irving Reis

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, James Gleason

Country: United States

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They Died with Their Boots On

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy

Country: United States

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The Man Who Came to Dinner

Directed by: William Keighley

Starring: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley

Country: United States

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Directed by: H.C. Potter

Starring: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Martha Raye

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

Voice of America News

Starring: Carol Castiel

Country: United States

Championship Wrestling (1942 TV Series)

Chapionship Wrestling

Starring: Richard Lane

Country: United States

Chapionship Wrestling

Starring: Richard Lane

Country: United States

Chapionship Wrestling

Starring: Richard Lane

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 12 January 1942 ?

  • In USA's Monk, the 4th season episode of MR. MONK AND MRS. MONK (#T-2351) indicates that Monk spilt something on January 12, 1999 during an earthquake. He stated "Earthquakes count, I don't make the rules."
  • In the television series The X-Files, the third season episode Syzygy, has two girls, Terri & Magi, both born on January 12, 1979. Strange astrological properties with 3+ celestial bodies in alignment gives them great power which they use to kill off several of their high school classmates on their birthday in 1996.
  • In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the fictional computer HAL becomes operational on January 12. In the movie by Stanley Kubrick, HAL was "born" in 1992, while in the book by Arthur C. Clarke the same event occurs in 1997.
  • Tanzania - Zanzibar Revolution Day
Famous Birthdays:
  • Bernardine Dohrn: American radical activist, member and spokesperson for the Weather Underground, otherwise known as the Weathermen.
  • Michel Mayor
  • Vladimir Sergeyevich: Kozelsky; cosmonaut (Soyuz 24 backup).
  • Gérard Asaria: French magazine journalist (Marie-Claire, Paris-Match, Vogue, and so forth) and board director.
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  • British troops reconquer Sollum.
  • Dutch troops on Tarakan surrender.
  • National War Labor Board created.
  • World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt creates the National War Labor Board.

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

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. The Shrine of St. Cecelia - Andrews Sisters

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What news were making the headlines those days in January 1942?

Life magazine


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

Windswept Mary

By: Ellen Chase


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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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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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