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Wednesday 19 August 1942

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Fred Thompson and Michiel Patijn. The Talk of the Town, directed by George Stevens, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942 while The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

The Talk of the Town

Directed by: George Stevens

Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman

Country: United States

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Directed by: James Algar

Starring: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey

Country: United States

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Wake Island

Directed by: John Farrow

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey

Country: United States

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Holiday Inn

Directed by: Mark Sandrich

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds

Country: United States

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The Pride of the Yankees

Directed by: Sam Wood

Starring: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 19 August 1942 ?

  • Roman festivals - Vinalia Rustica celebrated in honor of Venus Libitina commemorating the founding of the oldest known temple to her, on the Esquiline Hill, in 293 BC on this date.
  • RC saints - Saint Sebald, Saint Louis of Toulouse, Jean-Eudes de MTzeray
  • Afghanistan - Afghan Independence Day see above: 1919
  • National Day of the Filipino Language, Philippines - Holiday for Quezon City, Quezon Province and other municipalities named after Manuel Quezon
  • National Aviation Day, USA
Famous Birthdays:
  • Fred Thompson: American lawyer, politician and sometime actor, he is the subject of a "Draft Thompson for President in 2008" movement.
  • Michiel Patijn: Dutch Assistant Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs (1994- ).
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  • 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed raiding Dieppe, France
  • Gen Paulus orders German 6th Army to conquer Stalingrad
  • World War II: Operation Jubilee : the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division leads an amphibious assault by allied forces on Dieppe, France and fails, many Canadians are killed or captured. The operation was doomed to fail, and was intended to develop and try new amphibious landing tactics for the coming full invasion in Normandy.

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

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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Windswept Mary

By: Ellen Chase


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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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Dragon Seed

By: Pearl S. Buck

The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China. In the novel, Nobel Prize Winner, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most interesting rulers during a time of intense turbulence.

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