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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:
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 Scandal:
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.
Nerd 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.

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

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:
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Lost Weekend