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Saturday 31 December 1938, NewYear’s Eve

US date format: 12/31/1938, UK date format: 31/12/1938

It was Saturday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 31, 1938). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat). Famous people born on this day include Rosalind Cash and Rosalind Cash in Atlantic City. King of the Underworld, directed by Lewis Seiler, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938 On TV people were watching BBC TV Cricket.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

King of the Underworld

Directed by: Lewis Seiler

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis, James Stephenson, John Eldredge

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Pacific Liner

Directed by: Lew Landers

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Chester Morris, Wendy Barrie, Alan Hale

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Water Rustlers

Directed by: Samuel Diege

Starring: Dorothy Page, Dave O'Brien, Vince Barnett, Stanley Price

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Trade Winds

Directed by: Tay Garnett

Starring: Fredric March, Joan Bennett, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Sothern

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Too Much Johnson

Directed by: Orson Welles

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Virginia Nicolson, Edgar Barrier, Arlene Francis

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TV Series

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

BBC TV Cricket

Starring: Richie Benaud, Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, David Gower

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Eric Wild and His Band

Starring: Eric Wild and His Band

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Foundations of Cookery

Starring: Marcel Boulestin

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Guest Night

Starring: A.G. Street

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1938 ?

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
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  • The 8th International Conference of American States issues the Declaration of Lima, that the American countries agree to stand united against any threat.
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt issues a proclamation that the government will continue to purchase domestically mined silver for 64.64 cents per ounce until June 30. (Current world price of silver is 43 cents.)
  • Dr. Charles Greeley Abbot, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, receives a US patent for a "solar distilling apparatus", which uses concentrated Sun's rays to heat contaminated water to boiling, then the water vapor is collected.
  • Herbert Lehman is sworn in as Governor of New York State for fourth four-year term.
  • Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer", first breath test, introduced in Indiana, USA.

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Planetary positions on December 31, 1938 - Geocentric view

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Which were the top hits in that special week of December 1938 ?

Top #3 songs in the USA
  1. They Say - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
  2. Thanks for Everything - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
  3. You're A Sweet Little Headache - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (Vocal Martha Tilton)

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