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1942 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1941

World Series Champions

St. Louis Cardinals

NFL Champions

Washington Redskins

Stanley Cup Champs

Toronto Maple Leafs

U.S. Open Golf

Not played due to WWII

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Fredrick Schroeder, Jr./Pauline Betz

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

not held

NCAA Football Champions

Ohio State

NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby

Shut Out

World Cup (Soccer)

not held

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Ingrid Bergman, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Katharine Hepburn, Lena Horne, Veronica Lake, Hedy Lamarr, Carole Landis, Brenda Marshall, Alexis Smith, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner

"The 1942 Quotes"

"Here's looking at you, kid"
"Of all the gin joints in the world, she had to walk into mine"
"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship"
"We'll always have Paris."
- Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

"Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By"
-Ingrid Bergman, in Casablanca

"Round up the usual suspects."
- Claude Rains, in Casablanca

"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
- Gary Cooper, as Lou Gehrig , in Pride of the Yankees

"Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."
- Bette Davis, in Now, Voyager

"My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you."
- James Cagney, as George M. Cohan, in Yankee Doodle Dandy

Ronald Reagan's first autobiography was titled Where's the Rest of Me? (1965) from a line in the movie King's Row (1942) where his character wakes up to find that his legs have been amputated.

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Joseph Stalin

Miss America

Jo-Carroll Dennison (Tyler, TX)

The Deathjs, Scandals and Odd News

Airplane Celebrity Death: Carole Lombard
Dr. Alf Alving, working for the US Army's Office of Scientific Research and Development, tested some 441 convicts from Statesville Penitentiary for Malaria drugs without their knowledge.

World War II News and Information

The German city of Konstanz sits on the Swiss border, survived WW2 without being bombed by leaving all house and streetlights lit at night, making Allied bombers raiding nearby Dornier and Zeppelin aircraft factories think it was part of Switzerland.

Nutella was invented in World War II because of chocolate rations.

During the battle of Stalingrad, Mikhail Panikakha had only two Molotov cocktails left after helping repel German attacks. He raised the one to throw when a bullet hit it, setting him on fire. He then took the last bottle, jumped out of the trench and hit the nearest German tank with it.

Audie Murphy: the most decorated American soldier in the entire Second World War. In 1942 he falsified his age to 18 to join the Army and until 1945 he participated in battles on Sicily, at Salerno, Anzio and Rome, and also in southern France and the Alsace region.

Coca-Cola Deutschland created Fanta as a result of difficulties importing Coca-Cola syrup into Nazi Germany during World War II due to a trade embargo, to create a new product for the German market, using only ingredients available in Germany at the time.

The Declaration of Independence spent World War II in Fort Knox placed in a box and sealed with lead.

Joseph Stalin was technically not the leader of the USSR during the Second World War. When the Big Three Allies (Churchill, FDR, Stalin) met, FDR presided, being the only head of state present. Mikhail Kalinin was the nominal head of state of the USSR during WWII.

During World War II American factory workers produced more than twice their German counterparts and had four times the output of Japanese workers prompting industrialist Donald Douglas to observe, "Here's proof that free men can out-produce slaves.”

1942 Pop Culture News

The BBC banned Deep In the Heart of Texas during work hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song

Bambi and Bambi II hold the record for the record for the longest gap in between movie sequels, the first being released in 1942, the second being released 64 years later in 2006.

The word nimrod comes from a biblical figure, king Nimrod, who was a mighty hunter, but now means a stupid person after Bugs Bunny sarcastically referred to the hunter Elmer Fudd as nimrod in a cartoon (several times, but we have not determined the first one yet). Most people did not get the joke and assumed it meant 'stupid'.

University of Chicago produced the first nuclear chain reaction, using uranium isotope U-235.

The Habits

Working your 'Victory Garden' so US troops would have more food for the war. (Through 1945)
Watching Casablanca at the local theater

1942's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Little Golden Books

The Habit

Reading The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel

Popular Movies:

Bambi, Casablanca, Cat People, Gentleman Jim, In Which We Serve, Kings Row, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Mrs. Miniver, Now Voyager, The Palm Beach Story, The Pride of the Yankees, Random Harvest, Road to MOrocco, The Talk of the Town, This Gun for Hire, To Be or Not To Be, Woman of the Year, Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Popular Music in 1942 ~ # 1 Hits of 1942