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1942 Trivia

<< - 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:
Stanford
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" mostly came from 'Casablanca'
"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 Scandals:
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 & Trivia:
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:
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.

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

The Habit:
Working your 'Victory Garden' so US troops would have more food for the war. (Through 1945)

Watching 'Casablanca' at the local theater

1st appearances & 1942's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Little Golden Books
Best Film Oscar Winner:
Mrs. Miniver
Popular Music in 1942 - # 1 Hits of 1942