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Friday 21 December 1928

It was Friday, under the sign of Sagittarius. The US president was Calvin Coolidge (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Thomas Rajna and Ed Nelson in New Orleans. In Old Arizona, directed by Irving Cummings, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1928 while Claire Ambler by Booth Tarkington was one of the best selling books.
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Old Newspapers

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

In Old Arizona

Directed by: Irving Cummings

Starring: Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess

Country: United States

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A Woman of Affairs

Directed by: Clarence Brown

Starring: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone

Country: United States

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West of Zanzibar

Directed by: Tod Browning

Starring: Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan

Country: United States

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Show People

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderson

Country: United States

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October (Ten Days that Shook the World)

Directed by: Sergei M. Eisenstein

Starring: Boris Livanov, Nikolay Popov, Vasili Nikandrov

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 December 1928 ?

  • Roman festivals - Divalia in honour of Angerona
  • R.C. Saints - Saint Petrus Canisius ; formerly feast day of Thomas the apostle
  • Also see December 21 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • The summer solstice (Southern Hemisphere) or winter solstice (Northern Hemisphere), sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. It is an important festival in the Chinese calendar.
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Famous Deaths:
  • Luigi Cadorna: Italian fieldmarshal (WWI, Caporetto), dies at age 78.
  • Margaret Mead's influential cultural anthropology text ''Coming of Age in Samoa'' is published in the U.S.
  • The U.S. Congress approves the construction of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam.
  • Drought leading to famine in China.
  • ''Coca Cola'' enters Europe through the Amsterdam Olympics.
  • Eliot Ness begins to lead the prohibition unit in Chicago.

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1928 ?

Top #2 songs in the USA
  1. You're the Cream in My Coffee - Ben Selvin & His Orchestra
  2. Frank Crumit - A Gay Caballero

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1928?

  • Science: Science vol. 68 issue 1773
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Christ of the Andes -- Dec. 17, 1928
  • Science: Science vol. 68 issue 1772


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

Claire Ambler

By: Booth Tarkington

Garden City, New York published Fiction

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Swan Song

By: John Galsworth

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The Greene Murder Case

By: S. S. Van Dine

1928 Collier hardcover, S.S. Van Dine (The Philo Vance Murder Cases: 1-The Benson Murder Case & the 'Canary' Murder Case). A family in slowly being murdered off.

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The Bridge of San Luis

By: Rey Thornton Wilder

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