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Thursday 31 December 1942, NewYear’s Eve

It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Andy Summers and Taufiq Kiemas. Commandos Strike at Dawn, directed by John Farrow, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942 while Windswept Mary by Ellen Chase was one of the best selling books.
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Commandos Strike at Dawn

Directed by: John Farrow

Starring: Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish

Country: United States

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Directed by: Roy William Neill

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill

Country: United States

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Random Harvest

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn

Country: United States

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Cat People

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

Starring: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith

Country: United States

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The Black Swan

Directed by: Henry King

Starring: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1942 ?

  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Andy Summers: English guitarist songwriter and producer (The Police and Zoot Money's Big Roll Band).
  • Taufiq Kiemas: Indonesian politician 5th First Gentleman of Indonesia (d. 2013).
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  • 60 U-boats sunk this month (330,000 ton)
  • Battle in Barents Sea.

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

Windswept Mary

By: Ellen Chase


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And Now Tomorrow

By: Rachel Field

After going deaf from an attack of meningitis, Emily struggles to regain her hearing

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The Moon Is Down

By: John Steinbeck

Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside—and betrayal born within the close-knit community In this masterful tale set in Norway during World War II, Steinbeck explores the effects of invasion on ...

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Drivin' Woman

By: Elizabeth Pickett

Literary Guild Book. Book in pretty good shape and dj torn on the back. Story about post civil war South.

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