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Wednesday 26 December 1917

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Rose Mary Woods and Frances Minton. The Legion of Death, directed by Tod Browning, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917 while The Light in the Clearing by Irving Bacheller was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

A Modern Musketeer

Directed by: Allan Dwan

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Marjorie Daw, Kathleen Kirkham

Country: United States

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The Scarlet Car

Directed by: Joseph De Grasse

Starring: Franklyn Farnum, Edith Johnson, Lon Chaney

Country: United States

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The Secret Game

Directed by: William C. de Mille

Starring: Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Holt, Florence Vidor

Country: United States

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The Queen of Spades

Directed by: Yakov Protazanov

Starring: Tamara Duvan, Ivan Mozzhukhin, Vera Orlova

Country: United States

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The Little Princess

Directed by: Marshall Neilan

Starring: Mary Pickford, Norman Kerry, Katherine Griffith

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 26 December 1917 ?

  • First day of Kwanzaa
  • Australia - Proclamation Day (South Australian public holiday), for the foundation of the Australian state of South Australia on December 28, 1836 but commemorated on this day.
  • Wrenboys celebrate Wren in Ireland
  • Period of Ursids meteor shower ends about this day
  • Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia - Tsunami Awareness Day/Tsunami Memorial (or Remembrance) Day
Famous Birthdays:
  • Rose Mary Woods: American Watergate scandal figure (Born 1917).
  • Frances Minton: British well-known and prolific artist who taught at a prominent London art school.
  • Rose Woods: American government employee who is known for the tape erasure that deleted Watergate scandal evidence.
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  • 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
  • Fed government took over operation of American RR for duration of WWI
  • United States president Woodrow Wilson uses the Federal Possession and Control Act to place most U.S. railroads under the United States Railroad Administration, hoping to more efficiently transport troops and materials for the war effort.
  • Following the October Revolution, Alexandra Kollontai is appointed People's Commissar for Social Welfare in the Council of People's Commissars of the Government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, the first woman cabinet minister in Europe.
  • Female suffrage is enacted in the Netherlands.

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

Top #2 songs in the USA
  1. Lohengrin, Act III Prelude - Boston Symphony Orchestra
  2. The Crucifix - John McCormack & Reinald Werrenrath

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What news were making the headlines those days in December 1917?

  • Science: Science vol. 46 issue 1199
  • Science: Science vol. 46 issue 1198
  • Science: Science vol. 46 issue 1197


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

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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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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By: Zane Gre

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