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Thursday 31 May 1917

It was Thursday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Woodrow Wilson (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Jean Rouch and Massimo Serato. A Romance of the Redwoods, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1917 while The Light in the Clearing by Irving Bacheller was one of the best selling books.
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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

A Romance of the Redwoods

Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille

Starring: Mary Pickford, Elliott Dexter, Tully Marshall

Country: United States

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A Mormon Maid

Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Starring: Mae Murray, Frank Borzage, Hobart Bosworth

Country: United States

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A Tale of Two Cities

Directed by: Frank Lloyd

Starring: William Farnum, Jewel Carmen, Charles Clary

Country: United States

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The Poor Little Rich Girl

Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Starring: Mary Pickford, Madlaine Traverse, Charles Wellesley

Country: United States

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A Girl's Folly

Directed by: Maurice Tourneur

Starring: Robert Warwick, Doris Kenyon, June Elvidge

Country: United States

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 31 May 1917 ?

  • World No Tobacco Day.
  • Syaday (Discordianism) (5th day of the season of Confusion, honors Apostle Sri Syadasti).
  • Saint Gislemerio
  • Saint Mechtilde of Diessen
  • Saint Petronella.
Famous Birthdays:
  • Jean Rouch: French filmmaker and anthropologist, considered to be one of the founders of cinéma-vérité in France, which shared the aesthetics of the direct cinema spearheaded by Richard Leacock, D.A.
  • Massimo Serato: Italian actor who fathered a son, Luca Magnani, with actress Anna Magnani.
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  • 1st jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)

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Music Charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of May 1917 ?

Top #4 songs in the USA
  1. John McCormack - The Star-Spangled Banner
  2. For Me and My Gal - Van & Schenck
  3. America - Louis Gravieure
  4. I'se Gwine Back to Dixie - Alma Gluck

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What news were making the headlines those days in May 1917?

  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1169
  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1168
  • Science: Science vol. 45 issue 1167


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

The Light in the Clearing

By: Irving Bacheller

Bart lives with his aunt and uncle in a modest house in a modest village. He befriends a girl from a higher social class, but her reciprocation of his flourishing love is marked by periods of disdain for his humble ...

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The Red Planet

By: William J. Locke

A tale of the Great War, as the Red Planet's glow bathes England in the ruby colors of military conquest. . .

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Mr. Britling Sees It Through

By: H. G. Wells

A profound and very human account of the early years of the war, told from the perspective of a father rather than combatants, but no less revealing.

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The Road to Understanding

By: Eleanor H. Porter

How does being a lavishly spoiled child impact one's ability to function as an adult? It's an always-timely topic that Pollyanna author Eleanor H. Porter explores with insight and wit in the charming novel The Road to Understanding.

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