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Thursday 20 December 1917

It was Thursday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Audrey Totter and David Bohm. The Scarlet Car, directed by Joseph De Grasse, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917 while The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter was one of the best selling books.
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Old Newspapers

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Movies

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

The Scarlet Car

Directed by: Joseph De Grasse

Starring: Franklyn Farnum, Edith Johnson, Lon Chaney

Country: United States

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The Secret Game

Directed by: William C. de Mille

Starring: Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Holt, Florence Vidor

Country: United States

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The Queen of Spades

Directed by: Yakov Protazanov

Starring: Tamara Duvan, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Vera Orlova

Country: United States

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The Little Princess

Directed by: Marshall Neilan

Starring: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith

Country: United States

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Seven Keys to Baldpate

Directed by: Hugh Ford

Starring: George M. Cohan, Anna Q. Nilsson, Hedda Hopper

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 20 December 1917 ?

Holidays:
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Dominic of Silos
  • Also see December 20 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The first All Faiths Day was celebrated in 2003 in Canandaigua, New York.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Audrey Totter: American actress of theater, radio dramas, TV and film.
  • David Bohm: American-English physicist neuropsychologist and philosopher (d. 1992).
  • Cahit Külebi: Turkish poet and author (d. 1997).
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Famous Deaths:
  • Lucien Petit-Breton: French road cyclist racer, who won the Tour de France in 1907 and in 1908, becoming the first rider to win the Tour twice.
Facts:
  • Russian secret police in Czechoslovakia forms under Felix Dzerzjinski.
  • Cheka, the first Soviet secret police, is founded.

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1917 ?

Top #3 songs in the USA
  1. Shannon Four - Break the News to Mother
  2. Beale Street Blues - Earl Fuller's Novelty Orchestra
  3. They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me - Marion Harris

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1917?

  • Science: Science vol. 46 issue 1198
  • Science: Science vol. 46 issue 1197
  • Science: Science vol. 46 issue 1196

Books

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

The Road to Understanding

By: Eleanor H. Porter

How does being a lavishly spoiled child impact one's ability to function as an adult? It's an always-timely topic that Pollyanna author Eleanor H. Porter explores with insight and wit in the charming novel The Road to Understanding.

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Wildfire

By: Zane Gre

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The Red Planet

By: William J. Locke

A tale of the Great War, as the Red Planet's glow bathes England in the ruby colors of military conquest. . .

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The Light in the Clearing

By: Irving Bacheller

Bart lives with his aunt and uncle in a modest house in a modest village. He befriends a girl from a higher social class, but her reciprocation of his flourishing love is marked by periods of disdain for his humble ...

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