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Ian McKellen

Birthday Report Sunday Jun 25th, 1939

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Events of the Month for Ian McKellen  

When Ian McKellen entered the world, these stories made the front page of the nation's newspapers: Japan and Italy sign a 10-year "Pact of Steel," that has as its main objective the reorganization of Europe. In Moscow, Vyacheslav Molotov is appointed Soviet foreign minister. The Spanish government decides to quit the League of Nations. In the United States, the FCC demands that U.S. broadcasts overseas must promote the positive aspects of American culture. In New York, the first local food stamp program is started in Rochester, N.Y. Secretary of State Cordell Hull requests the repeal of arms embargoes against nations at war.  


Entertainment News for the year Ian McKellen was born

Audiences were applauding these developments in the entertainment industry when Ian McKellen was an infant. Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh give us Gone with the Wind this year. The film wins Oscars in all of the major categories except for Best Actor, ten total, with Hattie McDaniel as Best Supporting Actress becoming the first black Oscar winner. Also this year, Judy Garland stars in The Wizard of Oz giving us hit song Over the Rainbow.

Popular Music when Ian McKellen was born.

When Ian McKellen was rocking in a cradle, these songs were topping the music charts: Back in 1939, the popular songs were: Careless performed by Lew Quadling; Do I Love You? performed by Cole Porter; God Bless America sung by Irving Berlin; as well as I'll Never Smile Again by Ruth Lowe. Also topping the musical charts: If I Didn't Care by Jack Lawrence; My Last Goodbye by Eddy Howard; Three Little Fishes by Saxie Dowell; and the ever popular Wishing by B.G. Desylva.

Movie News for the year Ian McKellen was born.

While Ian McKellen was discovering how to stand up, The Academy gave a standing ovation to these movies and actors: 'Gone With The Wind'- Directed by Victor Fleming won the Best Movie Academy Award in 1939. Also this year, the Academy Award for Best Actor went to Robert Donat for his role in 'Goodbye Mr. Chips' and the Best Actress Award went to Vivien Leigh for her role in 'Gone with the Wind'.

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