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Wednesday 31 August 1949

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Rick Roberts and Richard Gere in Philadelphia. White Heat, directed by Raoul Walsh, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1949 while Peace Of Soul by Fulton J. Sheen was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Voice of Firestone.
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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

The Voice of Firestone

Starring: Eleanor Steber, Risë Stevens, Jerome Hines, Thomas L. Thomas

Country: United States

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Martin Kane

Starring: Walter Kinsella, Nicholas Saunders, King Calder, William Gargan

Country: United States

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Mama

Starring: Peggy Wood, Judson Laire, Rosemary Rice, Dick Van Patten

Country: United States

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Fireball Fun-For-All

Starring: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Marty May, J.C. Olsen

Country: United States

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Captain Video and His Video Rangers

Starring: Don Hastings, Al Hodge, Ben Lackland, Hal Conklin

Country: United States

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

White Heat

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Starring: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Country: United States

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Madame Bovary

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin

Country: United States

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I Was a Male War Bride

Directed by: Howard Hawks

Starring: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall

Country: United States

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The Window

Directed by: Ted Tetzlaff

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy

Country: United States

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In the Good Old Summertime

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Judy Garland, Van Johnson, S.Z. Sakall

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 August 1949 ?

Holidays:
  • 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:
  • Rick Roberts: Rocker (Firefall).
  • Richard Gere in Philadelphia: Pennsylvania, USA; actor (Breathless, Cotton Club, Pretty Woman).
  • Jim Fassel: American football player, the head coach of the New York Giants.
  • Richard Gere: American actor, known for his gentle good looks and his devotion to Buddhism and the Dalai Lama since the early ‘70s.
  • Margreth Huber: Swiss pro astrologer and teacher who was married to Michael Alexander Huber; she remarried after a divorce and is now Margaretha Perla Sicher.
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Famous Deaths:
Facts:
  • The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
  • Howard Unruh, a World War II veteran, kills thirteen neighbors in Camden, New Jersey with a souvenir Luger to become America's first single-episode mass murderer.
  • Allied military authorities relinquish control of former Nazi Germany assets back to Germany.

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of August 1949 ?

Top #4 songs in the USA
  1. Vic Damone - My Bolero
  2. Frankie Laine - That Lucky Old Sun
  3. Room Full of Roses - Jerry Wayne
  4. Maybe It's Because - Eddy Howard & His Orchestra

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in August 1949?

  • Life: College fashions
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: David Dubinsky -- Aug. 29, 1949
  • Life: Texas cowboy

Books

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

Peace Of Soul

By: Fulton J. Sheen

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen brilliantly examines the vast differences between the benefits of psychotherapy and true confession that leads to conversion.

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Cry, The Beloved Country

By: Alan Paton

An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948.

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White Collar Zoo

By: Clare Barnes

Familiar office specimens, from the Chairman of the Board to the Boss's Wife, captured here with deadly hilarity.

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The Dream Merchants

By: Harold Robbins

A sensational, behind-the-scenes story of the motion picture business - and the people who created it. Lured by the sweet smell of money and adventure, pioneer movie-makers pushed west to speculate

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