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Wednesday 21 February 1917

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Luz del Fuego and Victor G. A Girl's Folly, directed by Maurice Tourneur, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917 while Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H. G. Wells was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

A Girl's Folly

Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Starring: Robert Warwick, Doris Kenyon, June Elvidge

Country: United States

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Blind Justice

Directed by: Benjamin Christensen

Starring: Benjamin Christensen, Karen Caspersen, Peter Fjelstrup

Country: United States

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The Pride of the Clan

Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Starring: Mary Pickford, Matt Moore, Warren Cook

Country: United States

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Joan the Woman

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Geraldine Farrar, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth

Country: United States

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Directed by: Stuart Paton

Starring: Allen Holubar, Lois Alexander, Curtis Benton

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 February 1917 ?

  • Saint Pepin of Landen
  • Language Martyrs' Day - A day celebrated by Bengali speaking people for gaining right of mother tongue.
  • Catholicism - Feast day of Saint Peter Damiani.
  • Saint Randoald
  • International Mother Language Day (UNESCO).
Famous Birthdays:
  • Luz del Fuego
  • Victor G: M Marijnen Dutch premier (1963-65).
  • Tadd Dameron: American jazz musician, composer, arranger and pianist, he worked with the likes of Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie.
  • Robert Joanblanc: France sport Champion.
  • Lucille Bremer: dancer/actress (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at age 73.
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  • Train near Chirurcha Romania catches fire and explodes; 100s die.
  • British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die.

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

Top #3 songs in the USA
  1. Poor Butterfly - Victor Military Band
  2. O'Brien is Tryin' to Learn to Talk Hawaiian - Ada Jones
  3. Mammy's Little Coal Black Rose - Orpheus Quartet

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  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1155
  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1154
  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1153


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

Mr. Britling Sees It Through

By: H. G. Wells

A profound and very human account of the early years of the war, told from the perspective of a father rather than combatants, but no less revealing.

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By: Zane Gre

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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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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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