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Friday 16 August 1940

It was Friday, under the sign of Leo (see planets position on August 16, 1940). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Bruce Beresford and John Craven. Young People, directed by Allan Dwan, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Young People

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Starring: Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood, Arleen Whelan

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The Durango Kid

Directed by: Lambert Hillyer

Starring: Charles Starrett, Luana Walters, Kenneth MacDonald, Francis Walker

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Stranger on the Third Floor

Directed by: Boris Ingster

Starring: Peter Lorre, John McGuire, Margaret Tallichet, Charles Waldron

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The Golden Fleecing

Directed by: Leslie Fenton

Starring: Lew Ayres, Rita Johnson, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Grey

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Doomed to Die

Directed by: William Nigh

Starring: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, William Stelling

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 16 August 1940 ?

  • RC saints: feast day of Saint Stephen I of Hungary; Saint Roch (helps against plague and skin diseases)
  • USA: legal holiday in Vermont for the Battle of Bennington in 1777 (which actually took place in the state of New York)
  • Palio dell'Assunta in Siena
  • Eastern Orthodox: commemoration of the translation of the Acheiropoietos icon which means "Not made by hands", (also known as the Mandelion; now lost) from Edessa to Constantinople on 16 August 944
Famous Birthdays:
  • Bruce Beresford: Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies).
  • John Craven: English journalist and television presenter.
  • Alix Dobkin: American lesbian folk singer-songwriter, who released a number of albums as well as a songbook and has toured the world.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Billy Fiske: US RAF-pilot / 2nd lieutenant, dies of injuries.
  • Henri Desgrange: French bicycle racer and sports journalist, inventor of the cyclist Tour de France in 1903.
  • 45 German aircrafts shot down over England
  • World War II: The Communist Party is banned in German-occupied Norway.

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