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Saturday 31 August 1940

It was Saturday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Alain Calmat and Wilton Felder. Boom Town, directed by Jack Conway, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940 while For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingwa was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Boom Town

Directed by: Jack Conway

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert

Country: United States

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Foreign Correspondent

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall

Country: United States

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The Great McGinty

Directed by: Preston Sturges

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff

Country: United States

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The Return of Frank James

Directed by: Fritz Lang

Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper

Country: United States

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They Drive by Night

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1940 ?

  • 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
Famous Birthdays:
  • Alain Calmat: French surgeon and politician, formerly ice skater, he won a gold medal at the 1965 world championship and a silver at tha 1964 Olympics.
  • Wilton Felder: American saxophonist and bass player (The Crusaders) (d. 2015).
  • Robbie Basho: American guitarist pianist and composer (d. 1986).
  • Larry Hankin: American actor director producer and screenwriter.
  • Robert Morris: English actor.
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Famous Deaths:
  • 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
  • 56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)
  • Fighter Command loses 39 / Luftwaffe 41 airplanes
  • German occupiers in the Netherlands begin soap ration
  • US National Guard assembles

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

By: Ernest Hemingwa

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Kitty Foyle

By: Christopher Morle

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Stars on the Sea

By: F. van Wyck

Deals with the founding of the United States Navy during the American Revolution.

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Mrs. Miniver

By: Jan Struther

Mrs Miniver

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