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Friday 16 September 1949

It was Friday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Ed Begley Jr and Rique Pottenger. Thieves' Highway, directed by Jules Dassin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949 while The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Boris Karloff Mystery Playhouse.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Thieves' Highway

Directed by: Jules Dassin

Starring: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb

Country: United States

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Germany Year Zero

Directed by: Roberto Rossellini

Starring: Edmund Moeschke, Ernst Pittschau, Ingetraud Hinze

Country: United States

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The Fighting Kentuckian

Directed by: George Waggner

Starring: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Philip Dorn

Country: United States

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Under Capricorn

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding

Country: United States

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White Heat

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Country: United States

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TV Series

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

The Lone Ranger

Written by: George W. Trendle

Starring: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore

Country: United States

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The Voice of Firestone

Starring: Eleanor Steber, Risë Stevens, Jerome Hines, Thomas L. Thomas

Country: United States

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Martin Kane

Starring: Walter Kinsella, Nicholas Saunders, King Calder, William Gargan

Country: United States

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Starring: Peggy Wood, Judson Laire, Rosemary Rice, Dick Van Patten

Country: United States

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Fireball Fun-For-All

Starring: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Marty May, J.C. Olsen

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 16 September 1949 ?

  • Mexico - Independence Day (from Spain; proclaimed 1810, recognised 1821, instituted 1825; See Fiestas Patrias)
  • Also see September 16 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • RC Saints - Saint Cyprian, Pope Cornelius, Saint Ludmila
  • In ancient Greece, the third day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, when the initiates walked to the sea at Phaleron and purified themselves in the water.
  • Papua New Guinea - Independence Day (from Australia, 1975)
Famous Birthdays:
  • Ed Begley Jr
  • Rique Pottenger: American computer whiz and noted family, the son of astrologer Zip Dobyns.
  • Begley : American actor, whose talented portrayal of the socially awkward Dr. Victor Erlich on the hit television series, "St. Elsewhere," from 1982-88 resulted in multiple Emmy nominations.
  • Chrisye : Indonesian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007).
  • Ed Begley: Jr.
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  • KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of September 1949 ?

Top #3 songs in the USA
  1. Ezio Pinza - Some Enchanted Evening
  2. Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely - Slippin' Around
  3. I Never See Maggie Alone - Kenny Roberts

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

The Seven Storey Mountain

By: Thomas Merton

A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century.

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This I Remember

By: Eleanor Roosevelt

Published by Harper & Brothers, 1949. No Edition noted. Hardcover, blue cloth, aged with small tears on top of spine. Previous owner stamp and signature on inside cover.

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Dinner at Antoine's

By: Frances Parkinson Keyes

Orson Foxworth celebrates his return to New Orleans by giving a dinner in the 1840 room at Antoines restaurant, ostensibly planned to present his niece for the Carnival festivities and to renew his romance with Amelie Lalande.

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A Guide To Confident Living

By: Norman Vincent Peale

"Change your thoughts and you change your life." -- Norman Vincent Peale A Guide to Confident Living shows you how to release your inner powers to achieve confidence and contentment.

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