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Tuesday 23 May 1939

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Reinhard Hauff and Michel Colombier. Young Mr. Lincoln, directed by John Ford, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939 while The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was one of the best selling books.
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Young Mr. Lincoln

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver

Country: United States

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It's a Wonderful World

Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke II

Starring: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee

Country: United States

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Directed by: Sam Wood

Starring: Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Terry Kilburn

Country: United States

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Only Angels Have Wings

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth

Country: United States

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Union Pacific

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 23 May 1939 ?

  • World Turtle Day
  • Saint Desiderius
  • Saint Guibert of Gemblours
  • Saint Montana
  • Bah�'f Faith: Declaration of the B�b
Famous Birthdays:
  • Reinhard Hauff: German actor, writer, director and producer whose main body of work was on early television.
  • Michel Colombier: French composer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor.
  • Ron Stevens: Horse trainer.
  • Stanley Plumly: American poet, who is professor of English and director of University of Maryland, College Park's creative writing program.
  • Jack McCarthy: Kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81.
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  • Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed Professor at Conservatory of Leningrad
  • Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
  • Submarine Squalis sinks off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 26 die.
  • British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949.
  • British decoration, George Cross, first presented.

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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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By: Ethel Vance

This vintage September, 1939 book, published by Little, Brown and Company, is a stated first edition. Synopsis The time is the late '30s before World War II. Emmy Ritter, an actress who had fled to America, foolishly returns to Nazi ...

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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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Disputed Passage

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

IT was two o'clock in the afternoon of the last Thursday in September, opening day of the autumn term. The weather was unseasonably sultry, and the air in Dr Milton (Tubby) Forrester's

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