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1940 Trivia

<< - 1939
World Series Champions:
Cincinatti Reds
NFL Champions:
Chicago Bears
Stanley Cup Champs:
New York Rangers
U.S. Open Golf:
Lawson Little
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Donald McNeill/Alice Marble
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
not held
NCAA Football Champions:
Minnesota
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Indiana
Kentucky Derby:
Gallahadion
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Ingrid Bergman, Lilian Bond, Claudette Colbert, Olivia de Havilland, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Myrna Loy, Brenda Marshall, Ginger Rogers, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner
"The 1940 Quotes"

"Now I'm going to tell you something I've kept to myself for years. None of you ever knew George Gipp. He was long before your time, but you all know what a tradition he is at Notre Dame. And the last thing he said to me, 'Rock,'he said, 'sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock,'he said, 'but I'll know about it and I'll be happy' "
- Pat O'Brien in 'Knute Rocke All American'

"I'll be all around in the dark, I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look, wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be there in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be there in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they built - I'll be there, too"
- Henry Fonda, in 'The Grapes of Wrath'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Winston Churchill
Miss America:
Frances Burke (Philadelphia, PA)
1940 Pop Culture News:
Bugs Bunny was born in in Brooklyn, New York, although a similar, unnamed rabbit was in several Warner Brothers cartoons in 1938 and 1939, his first actual appearnce is considered 'A Wild Hare' with long-time frienemy Elmer Fudd.

The 'America First Committee' was founded, and had nearly 1,000,000 members. The peace organization was designed to keep the U.S> out of World War II. They disbanded on December 11, 1941.

Frank Mars and Bruce Murrie manufactured a candy-coated chocolate in six different colors - red, green, yellow, brown and violet. In 1949 violet was replaced by tan. M&Ms survived the red dye scare of 1976, and the rumored amourosity of the green ones.

UNSUNG HERO, Chiune Sugihara was the Japanese consul general in Lithuania. Against tradition, and specific orders, he gave thousands of visas to nearly anyone who asked for them, and many did ask, so they could escape from the Nazi regime. He was fired of course, and lost his entire career. Why? He later said "They were human beings, and they needed help. I'm glad I found the stregnth to give it to them."

World War II News and Trivia:
During the outbreak of World War II, London Zoo killed all their venomous animals in case the zoo was bombed and the animals escaped.

In 1933 Author H.G. Wells Wrote a Sci-Fi Book in Which He Predicted A Second World War Would Break Out Between Germany and Poland in January of 1940.

The term "First World War" was first used in September 1914, barely two months into the conflict and decades before WWII.

All copies of a 1938 Japanese version of King Kong are believed to have been destroyed by bombing during the Second World War. The film was one of Japan's first giant monster movies, and featured special effects by the man who would go on to create the Godzilla costume 16 years later.

Adrian Carton de Wiart served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes and escaped a prisoner-of-war camp. He wrote, "Frankly I had enjoyed the war."

Almost 80% of German casualties in World War II took place in Eastern Front.

During the Second World War, Pablo Picasso remained in Paris while the Germans occupied the city. During one search of his apartment, a German officer saw a photograph of the painting Guernica. "Did you do that?" the German asked Picasso. To which he replied "No, you did".

1st appearances & 1940's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Rebecca
Popular Music in 1940 - # 1 Hits of 1940