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Saturday 14 September 1940

It was Saturday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Didier Geslain and Larry Brown (basketball). City for Conquest, directed by Anatole Litvak, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940 while Stars on the Sea by F. van Wyck was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

City for Conquest

Directed by: Anatole Litvak

Starring: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven

Country: United States

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The Westerner

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport

Country: United States

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Boom Town

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert

Country: United States

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Foreign Correspondent

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall

Country: United States

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The Great McGinty

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 14 September 1940 ?

  • Eastern Orthodox Church - Exaltation of the Cross, which commemorates the discovery of the (allegedly) original Christian cross in 326 by Helena, mother of Constantine, as well as the recovery from the Persians by Heraclius in 628.
  • Formerly, in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following 14 September were observed as one of the four sets of Ember days. In the Irish calendar they were known as Quarter tense.
  • Roman Catholic Church - Triumph of the Cross (compare May 3, Finding of the Holy Cross).
  • In ancient Greece, the first day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, during which the sacred objects were brought from Eleusis to Athens.
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  • Congress passes 1st peace-time conscription bill (draft law)
  • German bomb hits shelter in Chelsea; 100s die
  • US Congress passes first peace-time conscription bill (draft law).

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

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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Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

Mrs Miniver

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By: Ernest Hemingwa

For Whom the Bell Tolls 1940 FIRST

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Kitty Foyle

By: Christopher Morle

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