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1945 Trivia

<< - 1944
World Series Champions:
Detroit Tigers
NFL Champions:
Cleveland Rams
Stanley Cup Champs:
Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf:
Not played due to WWII
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Sgt. Frank Parker/Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
not held
NCAA Football Champions:
Army
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Oklahoma A&M
Kentucky Derby:
Hoop Jr
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, Carole Landis, Jane Russell, Gene Tierney, Alexis Smith, Lana Turner
"The Quotes"
"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities"
- Aldous Huxley

"Who's on First?"
- Bud Abbott, in 'The Naughty Nineties'

"I'm Chiquita Banana and Ive come to say bananas have to ripen in a certain way..."
- Chiquita Bananas

"An iron curtain is drawn down upon their front. We do not know what is going on behind."
- Winston Churchill, to Harry S. Truman, regarding theDemocracy and the Russian-controlled Communist bloc.

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Harry S. Truman
Miss America:
Bess Myerson (New York, NY)

The Scanda:s
In 1945, fallout from the first US atomic bomb test contaminated a river in Indiana. This led to a Kodak Film employee discovering the secret test. He kept the discovery secret until 1949.

The Catholic Church, unofficially, but through some of it's clergy, may have helped some Nazi's escape Germany for Latin America. Escapees reputedly included Franz Stangl, Klaus Barbie, Heinrich Mueller and Adolf Eichmann.

1945 Pop Culture News:
An airplane crashed into the Empire State Building, injuring elevator operator Betty Oliver. When rescuers attempted to lower her on an elevator, the cable snapped, plunging her 75 stories down. She survived the fall, and to this day holds the record for longest survived elevator fall. 14 people were killed.

Slinky is from a Swedish word meaning 'stealthy, sleek and sinuous.' Each slinky has about 67 feet of steel, and was first invented by Richard James while working for the military in his home. He dropped a spring and it 'slinkied' off a tabletop and some books. In 1960, he left the he founded (James Industries) and became an evangelical missionary in Bolivia.

World War II News:
70 scientists who worked in the Manhattan project signed a petition pleading for president Truman to delay using atomic weapons on Japan before considering an observed demonstration of its power, but it never made it to Truman before the bombings.

During World War II, future US President Dwight D. Einsenhower predicted that people would try to deny the holocaust ever happened, and therefore ordered people to take as much photographs of the Nazi crimes as possible in order to avoid such attempts.

Tommy Tucker was a squirrel that wore women's clothes and performed tricks to sell war bonds in WW2.

Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams who missed almost five full baseball seasons fighting as a fighter pilot in World War II and the Korean War and still managed to hit 521 home runs.

On July 28th, a U.S. B-25 bomber accidentally hit the Empire State Building in New York. 14 people were killed.

Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division. This was the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II.

Bob Barker was trained as a Navy fighter pilot in WW2, but wasn't sent to a fleet squadron in time to fight. He once said: "I was all ready to go, and when the enemy heard that I was headed for the Pacific, they surrendered. That was the end of World War II."

When Emperor Hirohito announced via radio that Japan had surrendered at the end of World War Two, he used such vague and overly formal language that most listeners couldn't understand what he meant.

An Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II, Hiroo Onoda, did not surrender in 1945. In 1974 his former commander traveled from Japan to personally issue orders relieving him from duty. Onoda had spent almost 30 years holding out in the Philippines.

The Habit:
Reading Dr Benjamin Spock's 'Baby and Child Care' was a must for young parents.
1st appearances & 1945's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Slinky
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Lost Weekend
Popular Music in 1945 - # 1 Hits of 1945