Pop Culture Madness!


1946 Trivia

<< - 1945
World Series Champions:
St. Louis Cardinals
NFL Champions:
Chicago Bears
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Lloyd Mangrum
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Jack Kramer/Pauline Betz
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Yvon Petra/Pauline Betz
NCAA Football Champions:
Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Oklahoma A&M
Kentucky Derby:
Assault
World Cup (Soccer):
not held
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Martine Carol, Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, Alexis Smith, Jane Russell, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner

"The Quotes"
"The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe"
- Albert Einstein

In a letter to his friend Lester Gardner dated August 28, 1946, Orville wrote: “I once thought the aeroplane would end wars.”

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
James F. Byrnes
Miss America:
Marilyn Buferd (Los Angeles, CA)

1946 Pop Culture News:
Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech that first recognized the Cold War was delivered to Westminster College in Missouri in 1946. Mikhail Gorbachev gave a speech there in 1992, declaring the end of the Cold War.

7-Eleven changed it's name from Tote'm to reflect the company's new extended hours, from 7 am to 11 pm seven days a week.

The 1946 'Adventures of Superman' radio show revealed the 'secret' codes and rituals of the KKK, making it a laughingstock and drying up Klan recruitment almost overnight.

George Orwell loved a cup of tea so much that in 1946 he published a guide to making it called "A Nice Cup Of Tea".

Jacques Heim and Louis Reard designed the first bikini for public consumption, names after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

During a land survey of Sichuan province in China, a forester encountered a tree he'd never seen before, so took a sample. He came to find it was as yet unknown to science, only previously existing as a fossil. It came to be known as the 'Dawn Redwood'.

On May 21st, 1946, a US scientist named Louis Slotin was doing experiments to find critical mass when he let a screwdriver slip and accidentally started a fission reaction.

Kodak customers complained about film developing cloudy. Kodak investigated & found the corn husks used for packing was radioactive. They discovered something that was not public knowledge; the packaging was exposed to fallout from the world's first nuclear bomb explosion.

The United States offered to buy Greenland from Denmark for $100,000,000 but Denmark did not agree to sell.

In September 1939 the last thing BBC television aired before going off the air was a Mickey Mouse cartoon. When broadcasts resumed in 1946, the same cartoon was replayed.

After his 1946 plane crash, Howard Hughes decided he did not like the design of the hospital bed he was laying in. He called in his engineers and had them design a new bed that would allow someone with severe burns to move freely. It became the prototype for the modern hospital bed.

Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini became the first American Saint.

Rolls Royce didn't start selling cars with body work until 1946. Up until then, they only sold the chassis and motor with a recommendation to use Barker & Co Ltd to build a customized body and coach.

Fidelity Investments was founded in Boston, Massachusettes.

In 2015, a 91 year old man living in Canada confessed to the shooting of a woman in England in 1946, possibly the longest time between a crime and confession in British history.

The fastest typing speed was 216 words per minute, achieved by Stella Pajunas-Garnand in 1946. The average typist reaches 50 to 80 words per minute today, and she used a mechanical typewriter!.

United Business Company, basically an accounting firm, was founded by Henry and Richard Bloch. The company was renamed H & R Block in 1955, and specialized in taxes for businesses nationwide.

Sept 1, 1946 The first Formula One Race took place in Turin, Italy and was won by Archille Varzi.

The electric chair failed to kill Willie Francis, who subsequently filed suit claiming that he had been executed even though he did not die, and should be a free man based on 'double jeopardy' laws in the 5th amendment.

During production of the notoriously convoluted 1946 noir classic The Big Sleep, neither the director nor the screenwriters knew if a character was supposed to have commit suicide or been murdered, so they contacted the book's author, Raymond Chandler, and he didn't know either.

A tidal wave hit Hawaii on April 1, 1946. Many ignored the tidal warnings, thinking them an April Fools Prank. The disaster killed 159 people and caused $26 million in damages.

The Habit:
Reading Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock
1st appearances & 1946's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Magic 8 Ball (Syco Seer), Lionel Trains with 'steam', Streater Steam Shovel truck
Best Film Oscar Winner:
The Best Years of Our Lives
Popular Music in 1946 - # 1 Hits of 1946