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1949 Trivia

<< - 1948
World Series Champions:
New York Yankees
NFL Champions:
Philadelphia Eagles
NBA Champions:
Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf:
Cary Middlecoff
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Richard A. Gonzales/Margaret Osborne duPont
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Ted Schroeder/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions:
Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky
Kentucky Derby:
Ponder
The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ava Gardner, Dorothy Dandridge, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Betty Grable
"The Quote"

"Meep Meep"
- The Road-runner

"Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" Arthur "Cody" Jarrett
- James Cagney, in 'White Heat'

"What a dump."
- Bette Davis, in 'Beyond the Forest'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Winston Chruchill
Miss America:
Jacque Mercer (Litchfield, AZ)

The Scandals, Sad and Odd News:
Howard Unruh, a WW2 veteran went on a rampage with a German Luger and in twelve minutes he shot and killed 13 people and wounded three others in what later became known as the "Walk of Death."

Airplane Celebrity Death: Buddy Clark

The Sherman Brothers claimed to have made up the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for the 1964 film Mary Poppins, yet the writers of a 1949 song called “Supercalafajaistickespeealadojus” unsuccessfully sued Disney. Disney's lawyers argued both were "nonsense words".

BBC's notoriously strict "Green Book" of writing rules forbade lighting offices with Anglepoise desk-lamps, because low-watt bulbs were thought to produce immoral ideas in writers

1949 Pop Culture News:
Since its debut in 1949, the Les Paul Gibson ES-175 guitar has never gone out of production.

The first animated TV cartoon series was called “Crusader Rabbit,” which ran from 1949 to 1951.

BB King played at a hall in which 2 men fought and started a fire. He escaped but realized his guitar was inside. He ran into the hall and saved it. The 2 men were fighting over a girl, Lucille, so King vowed never to fight over a girl. King named all his guitars Lucille as a reminder.

George Orwell's 1984 was first published June 8, 1949.

Charles Lubin's small chain of 'Community Bake Shops' became the Kitchens of Sara Lee, named after his daughter.

Wile. E. Coyote first appeared in a cartoon called Fast and Furry-ous and in the 49 Road Runner shorts he appeared in he has never once managed to stop or capture the Road Runner.

Minimum wage went from 40 to 75 cents on October 26.

When USSR tested their nuclear bomb, they wanted to keep it a secret but a WB-29 (US weather monitoring aircraft) returning from Yokota AB, Japan recovered radioactive debris in air sampling scoops from the cloud generated by it, letting the US know.

The White House was completely gutted and the inside rebuilt from the ground up.

Harvard raised its tuition to more than $500 a year

You can't pump your own gas in new Jersey because of the Retail Gasoline Act of 1949.

Popular Mechanics published an article that included a prediction that in the future computers would only weight 1.5 tons rather than 30 tons which was the weight of the average computer then.

Candy Land was designed by Eleanor Abbott, while she was recovering from polio in San Diego, California. In 2005, the game was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

A flock of starlings landed on Big Ben's clock, slowing it by 4.5 minutes.

Someone nicknamed 'The Poe Toaster', a masked, shadowy figure, left a half consumed bottle of cognac and three roses at Edgar Allan Poe's original grave site from 1949-2009.

Luigi Chinetti won the 24 hours of Le Mans by racing over 23 hours of the race by himself, only letting his co-driver behind the wheel for 20 minutes

The Habits:
Men started wearing argyle socks, thanks to Brooks Brothers.

Watching Arthur MIller's 'Death of a Salesman' on Broadway

1st appearances & 1949's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Silly Putty, Candy Land, Kewpie dolls, Cootie*, Clue** (1948 in the U.K.), Bouncing Putty, Wind-up Clacking "Talking Teeth"
Best Film Oscar Winner:
All the King's Men
Popular Music in 1949 - # 1 Hits of 1949