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1943 Trivia, Facts & History

<< - 1942

World Series Champions

New York Yankees

NFL Champions

Chicago Bears

Stanley Cup Champs

Detroit Red Wings

U.S. Open Golf

Not played due to WWII

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Lt. Joseph R. Hunt/Pauline Betz

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

not held

NCAA Football Champions

Notre Dame

NCAA Basketball Champions


Kentucky Derby

Count Fleet

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

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

"The Quote"

"Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them" - The Little Prince

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

George Marshall

Miss America

Jean Bartel (Los Angeles, CA)

The Scandals, Deaths and Odd News

Airplane Celebrity Death: Leslie Howard

The Conical Bra was made famous by Jane Russell.

July 1st, the U.S. government started the payroll witholding tax.

Musical News

Oklahoma! was the first great American Musical, but don't take the word of the poster for that. It was the first musical play that truly added a full story to the production. Older musicals primarlity had a loose plot revolving around songs and often major dance and stage productions. The show began on March 31, 1943 and ran for 2,212 performances through its initial run, ending in 1948. It has had many revivals as well.

It was also spoofed (at the end) in this Jerry Seinfeld American Express extended commercial

World War II News and Information

At the Allied Tehran Conference in 1943, Joseph Stalin proposed executing 50,000-100,000 German officers to prevent another war. While Churchill was infuriated, Roosevelt thought he was joking and said "maybe 49,000 would be enough."

80% males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 did not survive World War II.

James Stewart is the highest-ranking actor in military history (Brigadier General). He was World War II and Vietnam War Veteran and Licensed Commercial Pilot.

Due to both teams losing a large number of players to military service in World War II, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles merged for one season under the unofficial name "Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Steagles."

Disney released a movie during World War II called "Der Fuerer's Face" which depicted Donald Duck having a nightmarish time in the Nazi Regime. It is the only Donald Duck film to win an Academy Award.

During World War II, roughly 3,860 kamikaze pilots died, but only about 19% of kamikaze attacks managed to hit a ship.

There was a bridge in southern Hungary that was found to still be rigged with dynamite from World War II... in October of 1999.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko: a Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War II credited with 309 Nazi kills.

American soldier John R. Fox died when he deliberately called an artillery strike on himself. Realizing that German troops were overrunning his position, the strike delayed the enemy long enough for other American units to organize a counter attack.

Due to food rationing during the Second World War, people in the U.S. were encouraged to stretch their sugar rations by sweetening foods with maple syrup and maple sugar, and recipe books were printed at that time to help housewives employ this alternative source to cane sugar.

The Habits

Working your 'Victory Garden' so US troops would have more food for the war. (1942-1945)
Watching Oklahoma! on Broadway
Reading The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

1943's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Chutes and Ladders (based on Snakes and Ladders)

Popular Movies:

A Guy Named Joe, Cabin in the Sky, Fires Were Started, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Forever and a Day, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, The Human Comedy, I Walked With A Zombie, Jane Eyre, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Madame Curie, The Man in Grey, The More the Merrier, Obsession, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Seventh Victim, Shadow of a Doubt, The Song of Bernadette, This Is the Army, Watch the Rhine

More Pop Culture Resources

Popular Music in 1943 ~ # 1 Hits of 1943