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January 16
October 3, 1958
Poland's New Wave

In Warsaw, audiences gathered to see Ashes and Diamonds, the final film of Andrzej Wajda war trilogy –– the other two being the Polish ghetto tragedy A Generation (1955) and Kanal (1956), a brutal drama about the Warsaw uprising. Ashes and Diamonds, adapted from Jerzy Andrzejewski's celebrated novel, follows a resistance fighter (played by the "Polish James Dean" Zbigniew Cybulski) who must kill a communist official on the last day of the war. Wajda's ironic, existentialist vision captured the complex mood of rising Polish cinema and of a people dealing with Soviet occupation.


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Carole Lombard January 16, 1942
Carole Lombard dies

It was a clear, cold night in the mountains of Nevada on 16 January 1942, when a TWA Skysleeper carrying Carole Lombard and 18 other passengers dropped from the sky, crashing into the snowy top of the Double-Up Mountain, just southeast of Las Vegas.

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January 16, 1948
John Carpenter, Master of Horror

The birth of the man who assaulted Precinct 13, brought back The Thing and unleashed Michael Myers on Halloween.

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