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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1949 - Israel admitted to U.N.

 1949 Events & Facts

MAJOR EVENTS:
  • Communists forces gain power in China; nationalists flee to Taiwan
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization established
  • Soviet Union detonates its first atomic bomb
  • Israel admitted to U.N.
  • Soviet Union lifts Berlin blockade; Berlin airlift ends
  • Apartheid becomes official government policy in South Africa
  • West Germany, East Germany formally established as nations
  • Vietnam, Indonesia gain sovereignty

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

  • Nearly 500,000 steel workers strike

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

  • U.S. Air Force’s Lucky Lady completes first non-stop around-the-world flight
  • Electron microscopy developed

SPORTS:

  • World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-1

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Movies:The Third Man, All the King’s Men
  • Songs: So In Love, Riders in the Sky, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Some Enchanted Evening
  • TV Shows: Texaco Star Theatre, Candid Camera, Colgate Theatre, Kukla Fran & Ollie
  • Books: The Man with the Golden Arm, Nelson Algren; The Jacaranda Tree, H.E. Bates; Guard of Honor, James Gould Cozzens; Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford; 1984, George Orwell; This I Remember, Eleanor Roosevelt
  • South Pacific opens on Broadway
  • Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman wins Pulitzer Prize

EVERYDAY LIFE:

  • Americans buy 100,000 television sets a week
  • "Pyramid clubs" in which participants send each other money in hopes of receiving large amounts of money themselves, become a fad
  • Editor Russel Lyons coins the terms "highbrow," "miullebrow" and "lowbrow."

FUN FACTS:

  • "Silly Putty" introduced 

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

1948 - Popcorn sold on a mass scale for the first time

 

1948 General Electric model C-5S

 

1948 Events & Facts

MAJOR EVENTS:

  • Mahatma Gandhi assassinated in India
  • House Un-American Activities Committee accuses Alger Hiss of spying for the Soviet Union
  • Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia
  • U.S. Congress ratifies Marshall Plan, approving $17 billion in European aid
  • State of Israel created; admits over 200,000 European war refugees
  • Soviet Union seals off land routes to Berlin; West responds with massive airlift of provisions
  • President Harry S Truman re-elected in upset over Thomas E. Dewey
  • President Truman integrates the U.S. Armed Forces

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

  • U.S. continues to cope with severe postwar inflation while rocked by labor unrest
  • United Auto Workers succeed in linking wage increases to cost-of-living index in contract with General Motors
  • Congress enacts federal rent controls

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

  • Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male is the first large-scale study of individuals’ sexual habits, with stunning revelations about infidelity, homosexuality and other issues
  • U.S. government conducts extensive missile tests in New Mexico desert
  • 200-inch telescope at Mount Palomar begins operation
  • Cortisone introduced as an arthritis treatment
  • "Big bang" theory of the universe’s origin postulated
  • Orville Wright dies

SPORTS:

  • World Series: Cleveland over Boston, 4-2
  • Olympics held in London
  • "Citation" wins Preakness, Belmont and Kentucky Derby
  • Boxer Joe Louis retires
  • Babe Ruth dies

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Movies: Hamlet, Macbeth (Orson Welles), The Naked City, Oliver Twist, The Fallen Idol
  • Songs: Nature Boy, Buttons and Bows, All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth
  • TV Shows: Howdy Doody, Philco TV Playhouse, Toast of the Town, Kraft Television Theatre, Meet the Press
  • Books: The Big Fisherman, Lloyd C. Douglas; Crusade in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower; Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton; The Ides of March, Thorton Wilder; Tales of the South Pacific, James Michener; The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
  • Long-playing (33-1/3 RPM) record invented
  • Boxing and wrestling are TV’s prime attractions

EVERYDAY LIFE:

  • Selective Service inaugurated, providing a continuous peacetime military draft until repealed in 1973
  • New York’s Idlewild Airport opens (renamed JFK Airport in 1963)
  • Swiss outdoorsman George de Mestral invents Velcro
  • Noted food critic Duncan Hines founds a company to make prepackaged cake mixes

FUN FACTS:

  • Popcorn sold on a mass scale for the first time
  • "Scrabble" introduced 
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