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Wednesday 17 January 1945

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Claude Guéant and Jeanette Fitzsimons. A Song to Remember, directed by Charles Vidor, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945 while The White Tower by James Ramsey Ullman was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching On Stage, Everybody (1945 TV Series).
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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

A Song to Remember

Directed by: Charles Vidor

Starring: Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Cornel Wilde

Country: United States

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Tonight and Every Night

Directed by: Victor Saville

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair

Country: United States

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Meet Me in St. Louis

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor

Country: United States

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The Keys of the Kingdom

Directed by: John M. Stahl

Starring: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price

Country: United States

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National Velvet

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last 30 days ?

On Stage, Everybody (1945 TV Series)

La piste aux étoiles

Starring: Georges Guétary

Country: France

On Stage, Everybody

Starring: Danton Walker

Country: United States

La piste aux étoiles

Starring: Georges Guétary

Country: France

La piste aux étoiles

Starring: Georges Guétary

Country: France

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 January 1945 ?

  • Catholicism - Feast day of the following saints: St. Anthony and Amelbert.
  • Ancient Latvia - Zirgu Diena observed
Famous Birthdays:
  • Claude Guéant: French civil servant, he studied law at Paris University and entered "Sciences-Po" and ENA.
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons
  • Jean-Marie Delarue: French senior official, a State Councillor and 'Contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté' (head of an independent body overseeing the treatment of prisoners) from 2008 to 2014.
  • Jeanette Fitzsimmons: New Zealand politician, the Greens' co-leader and probably the first Green Party candidate in the world to win an electorate seat.
  • Javed Akhtar: Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter.
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  • Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)
  • The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
  • Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg leaves Budapest with his driver and three Russian officers for a pre-approved meeting with Soviet commanders in Debrecen, east of Budapest, to discuss his humanitarian work with Jews.
  • Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work.
  • Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation.

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Which were the top hits in that special week of January 1945 ?

Top #2 songs in the USA
  1. Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra - Always
  2. You Always Hurt the One You Love - Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra

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Life magazine


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

The White Tower

By: James Ramsey Ullman

Great early 20th Century story with an intriguing twist near the end

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Cass Timberlane

By: Sinclair Lewis


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The Black Rose

By: Thomas B. Costain

The Black Rose 1945

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The Robe

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

Vintage Hardcover book

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