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Friday 31 August 1945

It was Friday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Van Morrison and Bob Welch. State Fair, directed by Walter Lang, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1945 while Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor was one of the best selling books.
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State Fair

Directed by: Walter Lang

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes

Country: United States

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Love Letters

Directed by: William Dieterle

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ann Richards

Country: United States

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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

Starring: George Sanders, Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Country: United States

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Ziegfeld Follies

Directed by: Lemuel Ayers

Starring: William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball

Country: United States

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Lady on a Train

Directed by: Charles David

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Ralph Bellamy, David Bruce

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1945 ?

  • 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:
  • Van Morrison: Irish musician, singer, songwriter, bandleader, bassist, saxophonist, guitarist, drummer and harmonica player.
  • Bob Welch: American guitarist, singer and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac from April 1971 to December 1974.
  • Itzhak Perlman: Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue.
  • Henrique Meirelles
  • Donyale Luna
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  • The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies.
  • WWII: Allied troops arrest German field marshal Walther von Brauchitsch.
  • Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita surrenders to Filipino and American forces at Kiangan, Ifugao.

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Forever Amber

By: Kathleen Winsor

Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England—that of favorite mistress of the ...

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The Black Rose

By: Thomas B. Costain

The Black Rose 1945

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Cass Timberlane

By: Sinclair Lewis


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The Robe

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

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