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Wednesday 13 December 1939

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Clive Brain and Eric Flynn. Gulliver's Travels, directed by Dave Fleischer, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939 while Disputed Passage by Lloyd C. Douglas was one of the best selling books.
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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Movies

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

Gulliver's Travels

Directed by: Dave Fleischer

Starring: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig

Country: United States

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Gone with the Wind

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell

Country: United States

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Destry Rides Again

Directed by: George Marshall

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer

Country: United States

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Allegheny Uprising

Directed by: William A. Seiter

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, George Sanders

Country: United States

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The Flying Deuces

Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jean Parker

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 13 December 1939 ?

Holidays:
  • Roman festivals - Tellus was worshipped in the district Carinae at the Esquiline Hill, and a lectisternium or table was spread for Ceres.
  • R.C. Saints - memorial of Saint Lucy
  • Also see December 13 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • In the Julian calendar before the Gregorian reform, this was the shortest day and longest night, and widely celebrated as such
  • In the Irish calendar the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following the Feast of Saint Lucy were observed as Quarter tense.
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Facts:
  • Battle at La Plata - 3 British cruisers vs. German Graf Spee
  • World War II: Battle of the River Plate : Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engages with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1939 ?

Top #4 songs in the USA
  1. Dick Jurgens & His Orchestra - Careless
  2. Indian Summer - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  3. The Little Red Fox - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
  4. Stop! It's Wonderful - Orrin Tucker & His Orchestra

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1939?

  • Life: Betty Grable
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Nelson T. Johnson -- Dec. 11, 1939
  • Life: UCLA Homecoming

Books

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

Disputed Passage

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

IT was two o'clock in the afternoon of the last Thursday in September, opening day of the autumn term. The weather was unseasonably sultry, and the air in Dr Milton (Tubby) Forrester's

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Rebecca

By: Daphne du Maurier

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young ...

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Escape

By: Ethel Vance

This vintage September, 1939 book, published by Little, Brown and Company, is a stated first edition. Synopsis The time is the late '30s before World War II. Emmy Ritter, an actress who had fled to America, foolishly returns to Nazi ...

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Wickford Point

By: John P. Marquand

- A rediscovery. WICKFORD POINT follows "The Late George Apley as the second of Marquand's acclaimed and bestselling novels that Back Bay has restored to print.-

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