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1948 Trivia, Facts & History

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World Series Champions

Cleveland Indians

NFL Champions

Philadelphia Eagles

NBA Champions

Baltimore Bullets

Stanley Cup Champs

Toronto Maple Leafs

U.S. Open Golf

Ben Hogan

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Richard A. Gonzales/Margaret Osborne duPont, Dorothy Dandridge

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Bob Falkenburg/Louis Brough

NCAA Football Champions

Michigan

NCAA Basketball Champions

Kentucky

Kentucky Derby

Citation

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Martine Carol, Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Jane Russell, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner

"The Quotes"

"Tonight, we have a really big show (pronounced shoe)"
- Ed Sullivan

"Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"
- Alfonso Bedoya, as Gold Hat, in 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre'

"A diamond is forever"
- DeBeers

Time Magazine's Man of the Year

Harry S. Truman

Miss America

BeBe Shopp (Hopkins, MN)

The Deaths, Scandals and Odd News

A man named Cecil Harris wrote his last will and testament on a tractor fender while dying trapped underneath it.

The 1948 Nobel prize for Medicine and Physiology was awarded for the invention of DDT.

Actor Rex Harrison's mistress, Carole Landis, commited suicide. His career survived, and his marraige to Lilli Palmer survived untl 1957.

Between 1946 and 1948 the US Public Health Service hired infected prostitutes to give STDs to prisoners, soldiers and mental patients in Guatemala, all in the name of research. At least 83 people died.

Huang Yu was the sole survivor of an airplane crash in 1948. His survival is notable for three reasons: it was the world's first commercial aviation hijacking, he was a hijacker and he was the sole survivor of the crash he caused.

1948 Pop Culture News

In 1927 Pez candy was created to help people quit cigarettes. In 1948 the dispenser was created to mimic a lighter. It wasn't until the 50s that it was made into a children's toy.

In an alternate reality, Dewey defeated President Truman for the US Presidential election. In this reality Truman won.

Mentos were first produced in the Netherlands in 1948. They are now sold in almost every country.

One side of an 10" 78rpm is limited to about 3 minutes, so musicians did not publish long songs from the beginning of the 20th century onward. This limitation existed until 1948 with the invention of the LP, but pop songs are still usually under 4 minutes long..

Most Successful Ad Campaign EVER: Prior to the DeBeers 1948 Ad Campaign, diamond rings were not synonymous to marriage or engagement.

Jimmy the Greek Snyder bet $10,000 at 17–1 odds on Harry Truman to defeat Thomas Dewey in the 1948 election, because Dewey had a mustache and "American women didn't trust men with a mustache". In today's dollars, that bet netted him over $1.7 Million.

The Ford F-series truck was introduced.

Muddy Waters'1948 hit Rollin' Stone was the inspiration for a 1960's band a few decades later. (Hint: It was NOT "The Beatles", "The Who" "The Kinks" or "Cream.")

Bar codes were invented by Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland.

Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 ordering the integration of the armed forces shortly after World War II, a major advance in civil rights.

Under § 501 of the Smith–Mundt Act of 1948, Voice of America was forbidden to broadcast directly to American citizens until July 2013. The intent of the legislation in 1948 was to protect the American public from propaganda actions by its own government.

When reviewing the film Isn't it Romantic, reviewer Leonard Maltin simply replied "No" which is the shortest review ever given to a motion picture.

1948 winter Olympic Game's athletes lacked the resources to compete post WWII, to the point where the Norwegian team had to borrow skis from the American team.

Japan and Germany were not invited to the Olympic games after WWII In 1948.

Before the NBA had any black players, the Harlem Globetrotters beat the NBA Champion Minneapolis Lakers in a straight up game.

The Philadelphia Eagles won the 1948 NFL Championship game despite their QB attaining a passer rating of zero.

Candid Camera started in 1947 as Candid Microphone and became a TV show in 1948.

The "Arlington Ladies", volunteer to attend every military funeral since 1948 so that no soldier, sailor, airman or marine is buried alone at Arlington National Cemetery (average of 30 funerals per day).

McCulloch chainsaws were introduced.

Almost all chickens eaten today come from the winner of the 1948 'Chicken of Tomorrow' Contest whose genetics now dominate poultry farms worldwide.

In 1948 the Ford Motor Company was offered the Volkswagen company free of charge and declined the offer because it "wasn't worth a damn".

It is estimated that Bing Crosby recordings filled more than half of the radio time allocated to recorded music in 1948. He is the biggest pop star of all time - no one else comes close. For perspective, Billboard magazine rates artists by a point system. The Beatles scored 5,230. Elvis got 9,029. Frank Sinatra scored about 13,000. Bing Crosby scored 35,150.

The Nobel Committee declined to award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948 because "there was no suitable living candidate." This was meant as tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated earlier that year without receiving the Prize.

Denmark didn't have the letter "Å" until 1948. Before this, the letter å was written as simply "Aa". This is why you can see some signs using "Aa" and some other "Å" for the same town.

The Habits

Hiding behind their newspapers and magazines, many people were actually reading the Kinsey Report on Sexuality on the Human Male.
Reading The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas
Reading The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
Reading The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

1948's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Scrabble invented, Slinky Jr.

Popular Movies:

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein, An Act of Murder, The Bicycle Thief, Easter Parade, Force of Evil, Hamlet, I Remember Mama, Johnny Belinda, Key Largo, The Lady From Shanghai, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Louisiana Story, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, The Naked City, Oliver Twist, The Paleface, Red River, The Red Shoes, Rope, The Snake Pit, Sorry Wrong Number, Spring in a Small Town, State of the Union, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Unfaithfully Yours

More Pop Culture Resources

Popular Music in 1948 ~ # 1 Hits of 1948