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Friday 22 March 1940

It was Friday, under the sign of Aries. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Haing S Ngor and Dave Keon. Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940 while How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn was one of the best selling books.
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders

Country: United States

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Primrose Path

Directed by: Gregory LaCava

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marjorie Rambeau

Country: United States

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Virginia City

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott

Country: United States

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The Baker's Wife

Directed by: Marcel Pagnol

Starring: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Fernand Charpin

Country: United States

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'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers)

Directed by: King Vidor

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 22 March 1940 ?

  • Blessed Genta of Maaseik
  • The fourth day of Quinquatria in ancient Rome, held in honor of Minerva.
  • World Water Day.
  • Easter Sunday - 1818, 2285. In the Gregorian Calendar 22 March is the earliest date on which Easter Sunday can fall (25th April is the latest).
  • Saint Octavian
Famous Birthdays:
  • Haing S Ngor: Doctor / actor (Killing Fields), dies at 45.
  • Dave Keon: Canadian ice hockey player.
  • William Ritchie: vice-chancellor (Lancaster University).
  • Peter Frost: American ecclesiastic, one of the number of priests who have had lawsuits filed against them for alleged acts of sexual abuse.
  • Michael Von Preußen: German author on German history and a member of the House of Hohenzollern.
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How Green Was My Valley

By: Richard Llewellyn

How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn's bestselling -- and timeless -- classic and the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when ...

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The Nazarene

By: Sholem Asch


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Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

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Stars on the Sea

By: F. van Wyck

Deals with the founding of the United States Navy during the American Revolution.

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