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Wednesday 20 April 1949

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Taurus. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Michal and Jessica Lange in Cloquet. Champion, directed by Mark Robson, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949 while A Rage to Live by John O'Hara was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Fred Waring Show.
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TV Series

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

The Fred Waring Show

Starring: Fred Waring

Country: United States

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The Goldbergs

Starring: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Country: United States

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Family Theatre

Starring: Nelson Leigh, Tudor Owen, Raymond Burr, Richard Hale

Country: United States

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Super Circus

Starring: Claude Kirchner, Mary Hartline, Sandy Dobritsch, Clifford Soubier

Country: United States

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Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall

Starring: Perry Como, The Ray Charles Singers, Frank Gallop, Mitchell Ayres Orchestra

Country: United States

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Movies

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

Champion

Directed by: Mark Robson

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell

Country: United States

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Directed by: Tay Garnett

Starring: Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke

Country: United States

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The Set-Up

Directed by: Robert Wise

Starring: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias

Country: United States

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The Red Pony

Directed by: Lewis Milestone

Starring: Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern

Country: United States

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Impact

Directed by: Arthur Lubin

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 20 April 1949 ?

Holidays:
  • USA- National High Five Day
  • Blessed Oda (d. 1158)
  • Saint Victor (d.303)
  • Saint Marcellinus
  • Ridv�n begins at sunset (Bah�'f Faith).
Famous Birthdays:
  • Michal: Rocker.
  • Jessica Lange in Cloquet: Minnesota, USA; actress (King Kong, Tootsie).
  • Toller Cranston: Canadian skater, four-time free style champ and in 1976 a bronze medallist.
  • Massimo D'Alema: Italian politician who is the former municipal and regional councilor for the FGCI, (Young Communists’ Federation) and from 1987 was elected to the Chamber of Deputies with the Italian Communist Party.
  • Jessica Lange: American Academy-Award winning actress who began her film career with the remake of "King Kong" in 1976 and despite criticism, went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Tootsie" in 1982, when she became the first actress to be nominated for two acting Oscars in the same year.
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Facts:
  • Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his first race, in Albany, California.
  • The Royal Navy frigate ''Amethyst'' goes up the Yangtze River to evacuate British Commonwealth refugees escaping the advance of Mao's Communist forces. Under heavy fire, she grounds off Rose Island. After an abortive rescue attempt on April 26, she anchors 10 miles upstream. Negotiations with the Communists to let the ship leave drag on for weeks.

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Music Charts

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

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. Forever and Ever - Margaret Whiting

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in April 1949?

  • Life: Mary Martin in South Pacific
  • Time: X-1 test pilot Capt. Chuck Yeager
  • Life: Young boy on fence

Books

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

A Rage to Live

By: John O'Hara

A momentous bestseller when it was first published in 1949, John O’Hara’s sprawling novel A Rage to Live offers up a gorgeous pageant of idealists and libertines, tradesmen and crusaders, men of violence and goodwill, and women of fierce strength ...

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

By: Fulton Oursler

Fulton Oursler's outstanding classic The Greatest Story Ever Told narrates the ever-new, everlasting story of the life of Jesus Christ. Written with powerful simplicity and set against a rich and accurate

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One On The House

By: Mary Lasswell

We sell Rare, out-of-print, uncommon, & used BOOKS, PRINTS, MAPS, DOCUMENTS, AND EPHEMERA. We do not sell ebooks, print on demand, or other reproduced materials. Each item you see here is individually described and imaged.

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Point of No Return

By: John P. Marquand

A #1 New York Times bestseller by a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist: A successful Manhattan banker is haunted by his humble New England roots. Raised in the small town of Clyde, Massachusetts, Charles Gray has worked long and hard to become ...

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