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Friday 21 October 1938

It was Friday, under the sign of Libra. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Inocêncio de Oliveira and Jean-Pierre Nicolas. Listen, Darling, directed by Edwin L. Marin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938 while The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Listen, Darling

Directed by: Edwin L. Marin

Starring: Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Mary Astor

Country: United States

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The Sisters

Directed by: Anatole Litvak

Starring: Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, Anita Louise

Country: United States

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Room Service

Directed by: William A. Seiter

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx

Country: United States

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Too Hot to Handle

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon

Country: United States

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La Grande Illusion

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Starring: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay

Country: United States

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Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Order to View

Starring: Edward Cooper, Billy Milton

Order to View

Starring: Edward Cooper, Billy Milton

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ann and Harold

Starring: Louis Goodrich

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 21 October 1938 ?

  • Republic of China - Overseas Chinese Day
  • French Republican Calendar - Tonneau (Barrel) Day, thirtieth day in the Month of VendTmiaire
  • In the comic novel Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Earth was born on this day in 4004 BC, within a quarter of an hour of 9 in the morning. This was supposedly because God liked to get things over with early.
  • R.C. saints - Saint Ursula and her 11 (or 11000) virgins; Saint Hilarion
  • Trafalgar Day ? celebrated throughout much of the British Empire in the 19th and early 20th Century.
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  • Japanese troops capture Canton, main southern China port.
  • In direct contravention of the recently signed Munich Agreement, Adolf Hitler circulates among his high command a secret memorandum stating that they should prepare for the quotliquidation of the rest of Czechoslovakiaquot and the occupation of Memel.
  • The minimum wage is established by law in the United States.
  • French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet carries out a major purge of the Qui d'Orsay, sacking or exiling a number of anti-appeasement officials such as Pierre Comert and René Massigli.
  • At a ampquotfriendly luncheonampquot in Berchtesgaden, German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop tells Józef Lipski, the Polish ambassador to Germany, that the Free City of Danzig must return to Germany, that the Germans must be given extraterritorial rights in the Polish Corridor, and that Poland must sign the Anti-Comintern Pact.

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

The Yearling

By: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend.

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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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Northwest Passage

By: Kenneth Roberts

From the front flap of this 709 page John Jakes reprint of this 1936 classic title: "'Northwest Passage' is a timeless classic written by one of America's finest historical novelists, Kenneth Roberts.

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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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