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Sunday 17 September 1944

It was Sunday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Mary Lou Crocker and Reinhold Messner. Thunder Rock, directed by Roy Boulting, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944 while A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith was one of the best selling books.
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TV Series

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Missus Goes A-Shopping

Starring: John Reed King, Gil Fates

Country: United States

Missus Goes A-Shopping

Starring: John Reed King, Gil Fates

Country: United States

Missus Goes A-Shopping

Starring: John Reed King, Gil Fates

Country: United States

Missus Goes A-Shopping

Starring: John Reed King, Gil Fates

Country: United States

Missus Goes A-Shopping

Starring: John Reed King, Gil Fates

Country: United States

Movies

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

Arsenic and Old Lace

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey

Country: United States

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The Canterville Ghost

Directed by: Jules Dassin

Starring: Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien

Country: United States

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Bathing Beauty

Directed by: George Sidney

Starring: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone

Country: United States

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Went the Day Well?

Directed by: Cavalcanti

Starring: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor

Country: United States

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Days of Glory

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

Starring: Gregory Peck, Tamara Toumanova, Alan Reed

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 17 September 1944 ?

Holidays:
  • RC Saints - Feasts of Saint Lambert (martyr), Hildegard of Bingen
  • United States - Constitution Day (observed on the previous Friday if it falls in a weekend), Citizenship Day, Von Steuben Day
  • Netherlands - Operation Market Garden is still remembered with parachuting and dedications on this day.
  • Also see September 17 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The fourth day of the Eleusinian Mysteries in ancient Greek mythology, when the initiates sacrificed a pig.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Mary Lou Crocker: LPGA golfer.
  • Reinhold Messner: Italian pioneer adventurer and film maker, leader of an expedition to climb the Mt.
  • Carol Tavris: American social psychologist and author known for works exploring the themes of critical thinking, feminism and criticism of pseudoscience.
  • Les Emmerson: Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Five Man Electrical Band).
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Famous Deaths:
  • Kussin: German General Major / commanding Arnhem, dies in battle.
Facts:
  • British Premier Winston Churchill travels to US
  • Dutch begin railroad strike against German occupiers
  • Operation Market Garden: British airborne division lands Arnhem Neth
  • British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery launches Operation Market Garden, with 14 divisions. Nearly 2000 American CG-4A and 700 British Horga and Hamilcar gliders are launched from southern England, carrying the British 2nd Army and the US 101st Airborne Division. They land along 60 miles of road in Holland, leading into Germany. The objective is to capture bridges at Grave, Nijmegen, and Arnhem over the Rhine river.
  • World War II: Allied Airborne troops parachute into the Netherlands as the ''Market'' half of Operation Market Garden.

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of September 1944 ?

Top #2 songs in the USA
  1. Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes - It Had To Be You
  2. And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (Vocal Anita O'Day)

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in September 1944?

  • Life: Captured Nazis
  • Time: Plane manufacturer Leroy Randle Grumman
  • Life: Secretary of State Hull

Books

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

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By: Betty Smith

The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century. From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and ...

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The Razor's Edge

By: W. Somerset Maugham

Larry Darrell is a young American in search of the absolute. The progress of his spiritual odyssey involves him with some of Maugham's most brilliant characters - his fiancée Isabel whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and ...

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The Robe

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

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Forever Amber

By: Kathleen Winsor

Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England—that of favorite mistress of the ...

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