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Wednesday 31 August 1938

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Murray Gleeson and Martin Bell. Carefree, directed by Mark Sandrich, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938 while The Citadel by A. J. Cronin was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Telecrime.
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Directed by: Mark Sandrich

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy

Country: United States

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You Can't Take It with You

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore

Country: United States

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Directed by: John G. Blystone

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis

Country: United States

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Four Daughters

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Starring: Claude Rains, John Garfield, Jeffrey Lynn

Country: United States

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Letter of Introduction

Directed by: John M. Stahl

Starring: Adolphe Menjou, Andrea Leeds, George Murphy

Country: United States

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Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Starring: Edward Cooper, Billy Milton

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Starring: Edward Cooper, Billy Milton

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Ann and Harold

Starring: Louis Goodrich

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1938 ?

  • Trinidad and Tobago - Independence Day (from Great Britain, 1962)
  • Kyrgyzstan - Independence Day (from USSR, 1991)
  • Malaysia - Hari Merdeka, a National Day (independence within the Commonwealth, 1957)
  • Moldova: Day of Our Language (Limba Noastra)
  • Calendar of Saints - Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, San Abbondio, Saint Raymond Nonnatus
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  • 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)
  • Winston Churchill, still believing France and Britain mean to honor their promises to defend Czechoslovakia against Nazi aggression, suggests in a personal note to Neville Chamberlain that His Majesty's Government may want to set up a broad international alliance including the United States (specifically mentioning U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as possibly receptive to the idea) and the Soviet Union.
  • September ndash The European crisis over German demands for annexation of the Sudeten borderland of Czechoslovakia heats up.

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The Citadel

By: A. J. Cronin

"Cronin's distinguished achievement....No one could have written as fine, honest, and moving a study of a young doctor as The Citadel without possessing great literary taste and skill."

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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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Northwest Passage

By: Kenneth Roberts

From the front flap of this 709 page John Jakes reprint of this 1936 classic title: "'Northwest Passage' is a timeless classic written by one of America's finest historical novelists, Kenneth Roberts.

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My Son, My Son!

By: Howard Spring

My Son My Son [Jun 01, 1938] Spring, Howard ...

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