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Tuesday 20 August 1940

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Massimo Gargia and Jacques Bouveresse. Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940 while Kitty Foyle by Christopher Morle was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

Foreign Correspondent

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall

Country: United States

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The Great McGinty

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff

Country: United States

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The Return of Frank James

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper

Country: United States

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They Drive by Night

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Country: United States

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Pride and Prejudice

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 20 August 1940 ?

  • Morocco - Revolution of the King and the People Day
  • RC saints - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Bah�'f Faith - Feast of Asm� (Names) - First day of the ninth month of the Bah�'f Calendar
  • Estonia - Restoration Day
  • Hungary - St. Stephen's day, the main national holiday in Hungary
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  • 1st Polish squadrons fight along in the Battle of Britain
  • Leon Trotsky, revolutionary, icepicked by Frank Jackson, dies
  • British Prime Minister Winston Churchill says of the Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few".
  • In Mexico City exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramon Mercader. He dies the next day.

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

Kitty Foyle

By: Christopher Morle

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The Nazarene

By: Sholem Asch


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How Green Was My Valley

By: Richard Llewellyn

How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn's bestselling -- and timeless -- classic and the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when ...

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Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

Mrs Miniver

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