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James Dean

Birthday Report for February 8th, 1931

BirthStone Amethyst BirthSign Aquarius

Events of the Month for James Dean  

When James Dean entered the world, these stories made the front page of the nation's newspapers: The Secretary of Commerce orders an embargo on lumber from the Soviet Union. In Florida, Malcolm Campbell establishes a new land speed record at Daytona Beach. He travels a record 245 mph. In other news, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party demands that Germany quit the League of Nations. In India, Mohandas Gandhi tells the people of India to continue civil disobedience against Great Britain. In London, American movie star Charlie Chaplin visits Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald.  


Entertainment News for the year James Dean was born

Audiences were applauding these developments in the entertainment industry when James Dean was an infant. Two legendary cartoons get their starts this year, Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor both created by Max Fleischer. Another legend hits the big screen this year, the legend of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Meanwhile, on the music scene, everyone's singing along to I Love a Parade and Dream a Little Dream of Me.

Popular Music when James Dean was born.

When James Dean was rocking in a cradle, these songs were topping the music charts: Back in 1931, the popular songs were: All of Me performed by Seymour Simons; Come to Me performed by B.G. DeSylva; Delicious sung by Ira Gershwin; as well as Heartaches by John Klenner. Also topping the musical charts: I Apologize by Al Hoffman; Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington; Ooh That Kiss by Mort Dixon; and the ever popular Out of Nowhere by E. Heyman.

Movie News for the year James Dean was born.

WWhile James Dean was discovering how to stand up, The Academy gave a standing ovation to these movies and actors: 'Cimarron'- Produced by RKO Radio Pictures won the Best Movie Academy Award in 1931. Also this year, the Academy Award for Best Actor went to Lionel Barrymore for his role in 'Free Soul' and the Best Actress Award went to Marie Dressler for her role in 'Min and Bill'.

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