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Friday 31 December 1948, NewYear’s Eve

It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Harry S. Truman (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Joe Dallesandro in Pensicola and Viktor Mikhailovich Afanasieyv in Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11. Golden Boy, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1948 while The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching NBC Presents.
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TV Series

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

Family Theatre

Starring: Nelson Leigh, Tudor Owen, Raymond Burr, Richard Hale

Country: United States

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Super Circus

Starring: Claude Kirchner, Mary Hartline, Sandy Dobritsch, Clifford Soubier

Country: United States

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Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall

Starring: Perry Como, The Ray Charles Singers, Frank Gallop, Mitchell Ayres Orchestra

Country: United States

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Studio One in Hollywood

Starring: Betty Furness

Country: United States

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I'd Like to See

Country: United States

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this week ?

Golden Boy

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden

Country: United States

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Wake of the Red Witch

Directed by: Edward Ludwig

Starring: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young

Country: United States

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Ladies of the Chorus

Directed by: Phil Karlson

Starring: Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks

Country: United States

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Portrait of Jennie

Directed by: William Dieterle

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten, Ethel Barrymore

Country: United States

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Force of Evil

Directed by: Abraham Polonsky

Starring: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 December 1948 ?

Holidays:
  • New Year's Eve on the Gregorian Calendar.
Famous Birthdays:
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Facts:
  • Dutch police actions up Java gone on strike
  • 1948 Arab-Israeli War: Israeli troops drive the Egyptians from Negev
  • Brandeis University is founded.
  • The Casimir effect is discovered by Dutch physicist Hendrik Casimir.
  • The Fresh Kills Landfill, the world's largest, opens on Staten Island, New York.

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  • Life: Giottos art
  • Time: Arthur Rackham's Illustration from the poem 'The Night before Christmas'
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Books

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

The Big Fisherman

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

Story of Simon Peter who gives up fishing to become an Apostle of Jesus

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Tomorrow Will Be Better

By: Betty Smith

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The Bishop's Mantle

By: Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Hilary Laurens, a young Episcopal priest about 1939, has recently returned to his hometown, somewhere in the American heartland. Upon receiving sudden word that his grandfather, the Bishop of that diocese and the only father he's known, has suddenly taken ...

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The Naked and the Dead

By: Norman Mailer

Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon.

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