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Saturday 31 December 1938, NewYear’s Eve

It was Saturday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Henricus G Wijmans and Rosalind Cash in Atlantic City. The Dawn Patrol, directed by Edmund Goulding, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1938 while Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Down on the Farm.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released this week ?

Down on the Farm

Starring: A.G. Street

Vanity Fair

Starring: Bettie Cameron Smail

Vine Street

Starring: John Barkeley, Shirley Thomas

Country: United States

Down on the Farm

Starring: A.G. Street

Vanity Fair

Starring: Bettie Cameron Smail

Movies

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

The Dawn Patrol

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

Starring: Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven

Country: United States

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A Christmas Carol

Directed by: Edwin L. Marin

Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart

Country: United States

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Pygmalion

Directed by: Anthony Asquith

Starring: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson

Country: United States

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The Terror of Tiny Town

Directed by: Sam Newfield

Starring: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, 'Little Billy' Rhodes

Country: United States

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Blondie

Directed by: Frank R. Strayer

Starring: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1938 ?

Holidays:
  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
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Facts:
  • 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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Music Charts

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

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

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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1938?

  • Life: Yuletide pageant
  • Time: Painting by Jean Charlot
  • Life: Mary Martin

Books

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

Rebecca

By: Daphne du Maurier

With these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young ...

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Northwest Passage

By: Kenneth Roberts

From the front flap of this 709 page John Jakes reprint of this 1936 classic title: "'Northwest Passage' is a timeless classic written by one of America's finest historical novelists, Kenneth Roberts.

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All This, and Heaven Too

By: Rachel Field

This number-one bestselling novel is based on the true story of one of the most notorious murder cases in French history. The heroine, Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, governess to the children of the Duc de Praslin, found herself strangely drawn to her ...

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My Son, My Son!

By: Howard Spring

My Son My Son [Jun 01, 1938] Spring, Howard ...

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