||The "birthyear" of
Little Orphan Annie, in the midst of the Depression,
when gasoline was a dime a gallon.
||A year after the end
of prohibition, the average citizen could find
entertainment in both bottles and radios. Adolph Hitler
was just named fuhrer of Germany, and British
radio commentators were predicting storms from the East.
||The year FDR signed
the U.S Neutrality Act, and the US Supreme Court ruled
that the minimum wage law also applied to women.
Pittsburgh beat Washington 21 - 0 in the Rose Bowl. The
British "Policy of Appeasement" was instituted with
Hitler, and radios grew pushbuttons.
||A year after Orson
Welles' "Invasion From Mars". President Roosevelt asks
Congress for $535 million defense budget, but declares
US is neutral. Harry James hires Frank Sinatra. First
appearance of baseball on TV. Glenn Miller's band
celebrates first birthday. US radio stations send
commentators to Europe.
||The year after FDR
was reelected and the Selective Service System was
created. US declares war on Japan, Germany and Italy
declare war on the US. FCC authorizes TV broadcasting.
Aerosol spray cans introduced. Orson Welles directs and
stars in Citizen Kane. Greta Garbo retires. Joe
DiMaggio hits safely in 56th consecutive game.
||WW II continues. The
US begins to recapture some Pacific islands previously
lost in the war. Italian government surrenders. Income
tax withholding begins. Oil pipeline from Texas to
Pennsylvania starts operating. President Roosevelt
freezes wages, salaries and prices. New York beats St.
Louis in World Series. Juan Peron starts a revolution in
||The United Nations (U.N)
formed. A-Bombs dropped on Japan. Mussolini
Assassinated, Hitler commits suicide, Germany
surrenders; Japan surrenders. WW II ends. George Orwell
writes Animal Farm. Rogers and Hammerstein's
musical, "Carousel" debuts in New York. Republic of Viet
Nam formed (under pres. Ho Chi Minh). Pres. Frankin D.
||Marshall Plan to help
Europe begins. Palestine partitioned by UN. India and
Pakistan created as separate dominions. Polaroid camera
introduced. Dead Sea Scrolls discovered. Bell's X-1
rocket plane makes first supersonic flight. Worst Winter
in Britain since 1894.