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Monday 31 May 1943

It was Monday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic). Famous people born on this day include Joe Namath and Sharon Gless. Bataan, directed by Tay Garnett, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1943 while The Human Comedy by William Saroyan was one of the best selling books.
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Directed by: Tay Garnett

Starring: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan

Country: United States

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Action in the North Atlantic

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale

Country: United States

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The Ox-Bow Incident

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes

Country: United States

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This Land Is Mine

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Starring: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders

Country: United States

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Five Graves to Cairo

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff

Country: United States

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Which were the important events of 31 May 1943 ?

  • 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:
  • Joe Namath: American football star who took the New York Jets to a winning season at the Super Bowl III.
  • Sharon Gless: American actress whose greatest fame was as a detective in "Cagney and Lacey," from 1982, playing one of two female cops along with her partner Tyne Daly.
  • Jean-Charles Foellner: French freemason, the grand master of 'La Grande Loge nationale française (GLNF)' from 2001 to 2007.
  • Daniel Robin: French athlete, wrestler, he won two silver medals at the 1968 Olympics.
  • Marie Bonal
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  • Archie comic strip 1st broadcast on radio
  • Cards Mort Cooper pitches 1st of back-to-back one-hitters
  • "Archie" comic strip first broadcast on radio.
  • Japanese forces are driven from Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
  • Zoot Suit Riots begin

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The Human Comedy

By: William Saroyan

Now the major motion picture Ithaca, directed by and starring Meg Ryan—with a cast that includes Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater, Alex Neustaedter, Jack Quaid, and Tom HanksThe place is Ithaca, in California's San Joaquin Valley.

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Mrs. Parkington

By: Louis Bromfield

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The Robe

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By: Betty Smith

The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century. From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and ...

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