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Saturday 23 December 1939

It was Saturday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath] in London and Nancy Graves. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by William Dieterle, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939
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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

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 ?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Directed by: William Dieterle

Starring: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke

Country: United States

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Of Mice and Men

Directed by: Lewis Milestone

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Burgess Meredith, Betty Field

Country: United States

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Gulliver's Travels

Directed by: Dave Fleischer

Starring: Jessica Dragonette, Lanny Ross, Pinto Colvig

Country: United States

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Gone with the Wind

Directed by: Victor Fleming

Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell

Country: United States

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Destry Rides Again

Directed by: George Marshall

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Mischa Auer

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 December 1939 ?

Holidays:
  • Festivus (from sitcom Seinfeld)
  • Oaxaca - Night of the Radishes
  • Secular humanism (American) - HumanLight observed
  • R.C. Saints - John Cantius ; Thorlac Thorhallsson, patron saint of Iceland
  • Sweden - Birthday of Queen Silvia, an official flag day
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Famous Deaths:
Facts:
  • South Australia score 7-821 against Queensland in cricket.
  • Finnish counter-offensive at Summa.

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1939 ?

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. Chatter Box - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra

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Magazine Covers

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

  • Life: Canadian general
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Herbert Hoover -- Dec. 18, 1939
  • Life: Betty Grable

Books

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

Wickford Point

By: John P. Marquand

- A rediscovery. WICKFORD POINT follows "The Late George Apley as the second of Marquand's acclaimed and bestselling novels that Back Bay has restored to print.-

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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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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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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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