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January 31, 2010 | 12:00 am

Jan. 31, 1942, Hedda Hopper 

Jan. 16, 1942, Carole Lombard

Jan. 16, 1942: Carole Lombard delivers a speech in Indianapolis in a rally to sell war bonds.

Jan. 17, 1942, Carole Lombard

Jan. 17, 1942: Lombard is killed on the flight returning to Los Angeles.
Jan. 31, 1942: Norman Corwin turned down an opportunity to write a speech for a Hollywood personality and later discovered it was the late Carole Lombard, Hedda Hopper says.