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Thursday 17 December 1942

It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Bernard Hill and Paul Butterfield in Chicago. Random Harvest, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942 while Drivin' Woman by Elizabeth Pickett was one of the best selling books.
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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Random Harvest

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn

Country: United States

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Cat People

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

Starring: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith

Country: United States

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The Black Swan

Directed by: Henry King

Starring: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar

Country: United States

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Keeper of the Flame

Directed by: George Cukor

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf

Country: United States

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Casablanca

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 December 1942 ?

Famous Birthdays:
  • Bernard Hill: Manchester -- Actor (Bellman & True, New World, Bounty).
  • Paul Butterfield in Chicago: Illinois, USA; blues musician (Better Days).
  • Jeffrey Wigand: American hero, a man who emerged from the button-down corporate world as a socially conscious protagonist in a story so dramatic that it became a winning motion picture, "The Insider," in which Russell Crowe played the role of Jeffrey Wigand.
  • Muhammadu Buhari: Nigerian general and politician 7th Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • Paul Butterfield: American singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at age 44 (born 1942).
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Facts:
  • Allies in London sentence German war criminals.
  • The Allies issue the Joint Declaration by Members of the United Nations, the first time they publicly acknowledge the Holocaust.
  • An avalanche in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania kills 26, including Vulcan Crucible Steel Co heir-apparent Samuel A. Stafford Sr., when two 100 ton boulders fall on a bus filled with wartime steel workers on their way home.
  • An airplane carrying prominent Ustashe general Jure Francetić crashes. Francetić dies as result of the injuries on December 27.

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Music Charts

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

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. Bing Crosby - Moonlight Becomes You

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Magazine Covers

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

  • Life: Coast Guard skipper
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: General Zhukov -- Dec. 14, 1942
  • Life: Marine ace

Books

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

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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Windswept Mary

By: Ellen Chase

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The Song of Bernadette

By: Franz Werfel

This is the classic work that tells the true story surrounding the miraculous visions of St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France in 1858. Werfel, a highly respected anti-Nazi writer from Vienna, became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in ...

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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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