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Wednesday 23 May 1917

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Julia Diaz and Edward Norton Lorenz. A Romance of the Redwoods, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917 while Wildfire by Zane Gre was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

A Romance of the Redwoods

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall

Country: United States

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A Mormon Maid

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Mae Murray, Frank Borzage, Hobart Bosworth

Country: United States

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A Tale of Two Cities

Directed by: Frank Lloyd

Starring: William Farnum, Jewel Carmen, Charles Clary

Country: United States

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The Poor Little Rich Girl

Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Starring: Mary Pickford, Madlaine Traverse, Charles Wellesley

Country: United States

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A Girl's Folly

Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Starring: Robert Warwick, Doris Kenyon, June Elvidge

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 May 1917 ?

  • World Turtle Day
  • Saint Desiderius
  • Saint Guibert of Gemblours
  • Saint Montana
  • Bah�'f Faith: Declaration of the B�b
Famous Birthdays:
  • Edward Norton Lorenz: American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008).
  • Julia Diaz: Salvadoran painter, founder of the first art gallery in El Salvador.
  • Radcliffe Squires: American poet, author of seven books of poetry, as well as book-length critical studies.
  • Paul Wade: American astrologer, early member of AFA.
  • Henri Piatier: Bar le Duc Military man.
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  • Dutch 2nd Chamber okays 1908 conscription draft
  • A month of civil violence in Milan, Italy ends after the Italian army forcefully takes over the city from anarchists and anti-war revolutionaries. Fifty people are killed and 800 people are arrested.Seton-Watson, Christopher. 1967. Italy from Liberalism to Fascism: 1870 to 1925. London: Methuen amp Co. Ltd. Pp. 468–9

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

Top #3 songs in the USA
  1. Let's All be Americans Now - American Quartet
  2. From Here to Shanghai - Gene Greene & Peerless Quartet
  3. America, Here's My Boy - Peerless Quartet

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  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1168
  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1167
  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1166


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


By: Zane Gre

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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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The Light in the Clearing

By: Irving Bacheller

Bart lives with his aunt and uncle in a modest house in a modest village. He befriends a girl from a higher social class, but her reciprocation of his flourishing love is marked by periods of disdain for his humble ...

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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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