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Monday 21 August 1939

It was Monday, under the sign of Leo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Clarence Williams III in New York City and Don Backy. 5th Ave Girl, directed by Gregory La Cava, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939 while The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Come and Be Televised.
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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released this week ?

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Come and Be Televised

Starring: Jasmine Bligh, Bruce Forsyth

Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last 30 days ?

5th Ave Girl

Directed by: Gregory La Cava

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale

Country: United States

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The Wizard of Oz

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Country: United States

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The Four Feathers

Directed by: Zoltan Korda

Starring: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith

Country: United States

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Beau Geste

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston

Country: United States

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Each Dawn I Die

Directed by: William Keighley

Starring: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 August 1939 ?

Holidays:
  • Ninoy Aquino Day - special holiday in the Philippines.
  • Orthodox - Thaddaeus
  • RC saints - Pope Pius X
  • Roman festivals - Consualia, in honor of Consus, is held
Famous Birthdays:
  • Clarence Williams III in New York City: New York, USA; actor (Mod Squad, 52 Pick Up, Purple Rain).
  • Don Backy: Italian singer and author, who collaborated with Sofia Rotaru on "Grey Bird" - the Ukrainian version of the Italian song "L'immensità".
  • Patrice Laffont: French TV host and presenter, comedian and entertainer, son of editor Robert Laffont.
  • James Burton: American guitarist (TCB Band).
  • Festus Mogae: Botswana economist and politician 3rd President of Botswana.
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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in August 1939?

  • Life: Train travel
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Eleanor Holm -- Aug. 21, 1939
  • Life: Baby actress

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Books

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

The Grapes of Wrath

By: John Steinbeck

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers. First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story ...

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Rebecca

By: Daphne du Maurier

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young ...

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All This, and Heaven Too

By: Rachel Field

This number-one bestselling novel is based on the true story of one of the most notorious murder cases in French history. The heroine, Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, governess to the children of the Duc de Praslin, found herself strangely drawn to her ...

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Escape

By: Ethel Vance

This vintage September, 1939 book, published by Little, Brown and Company, is a stated first edition. Synopsis The time is the late '30s before World War II. Emmy Ritter, an actress who had fled to America, foolishly returns to Nazi ...

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