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Thursday 31 December 1931, NewYear’s Eve

It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Herbert Hoover (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Jean Fournet-Fayard and Michel Bernard. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1931 while A White Bird Flying by Bess Streeter Aldrich was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Television Magic.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Starring: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart

Country: United States

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Tonight or Never

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Starring: Gloria Swanson, Melvyn Douglas, Alison Skipworth

Country: United States

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Directed by: John Ford

Starring: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett

Country: United States

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Directed by: James Whale

Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff

Country: United States

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Flying High

Directed by: Charles F. Reisner

Starring: Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O'Brien

Country: United States

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released this week ?

Television Magic

Starring: Edwin Howard

Country: United States

Mortimer Miller

Starring: Mortimer Miller

Country: United States

Gertrude Hintlian

Starring: Gertrude Hintlian

Country: United States

Hair Fashions

Starring: Ferdinand Graf

Country: United States

William Searle

Starring: William Searle

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1931 ?

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
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  • The Huang He floods kill between 850,000 and 4,000,000 people (the deadliest historic natural disaster).
  • Ust-Abakanskoye becomes Abakan.
  • The National Committee for Modification of the Volstead Act is formed to work for the repeal of prohibition in the United States.
  • ''The Persistence of Memory'' is put on display for the first time in Paris at the Galerie Pierre Colle.

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Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1931 ?

Top #1 songs in the USA
  1. Home - Peter Van Steeden & His Orchestra

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1931?

  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Ki Inukai -- Dec. 28, 1931
  • Science: Science vol. 74 issue 1930
  • Time: TIME Magazine Cover: Adolf Hitler -- Dec. 21, 1931


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

A White Bird Flying

By: Bess Streeter Aldrich

Abbie Deal, the matriarch of a pioneer Nebraska family, has died at the beginning of A White Bird Flying, leaving her china and heavy furniture to others and to her granddaughter Laura the secret of her dream of finer things.

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Shadows on the Rock

By: Willa Cather

Willa Cather's novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to a new world even as they clung to the artifacts and manners of one they ...

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Grand Hotel

By: Vicki Baum

A grand hotel in the center of 1920s Berlin serves as a microcosm of the modern world in Vicki Baum’s celebrated novel, a Weimar-era best seller that retains all its verve and luster today.

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The Good Earth

By: Pearl S. Buck

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Oprah Book Club selection about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes.Though more than seventy years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained ...

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