1946 Trivia, Information, History and Fun Facts
Quick Facts from 1946
Top Ten Baby Names of 1946
Mary, Linda, Patricia, Barbara, Carol, James, Robert, John, William, Richard
Fashion Icons and Sex Symbols
Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Betty Grable
Entertainment History: The Oscars
The 18th Academy Awards unfolded on March 7, 1946, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Jimmy Stewart, fresh from his military service in World War II, served as the host. The Lost Weekend was the night’s major winner, claiming four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Billy Wilder. This film was groundbreaking for its unflinching look at alcoholism, a topic Hollywood typically shied away from. Joan Crawford won Best Actress for her role in Mildred Pierce, solidifying her comeback in Hollywood. She accepted her award in bed due to illness, making for an unforgettable photo op. Interestingly, the documentary categories were introduced this year, reflecting the genre’s significance during wartime. The eligibility period ran from January 1 to December 31, 1945. Miklós Rózsa won for Best Original Score for Spellbound, a psychological thriller that also featured a dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí.
“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe” – Albert Einstein
Time Magazine’s Man of the Year
James F. Byrnes
Marilyn Buferd (Los Angeles, CA)
The Biggest Pop Artists of 1946 include
The Andrews Sisters, Count Basie and His Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Connee Boswell, Les Brown and His Orchestra, Frankie Carle and His Orchestra, Hoagy Carmichael, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Helen Forrest, Arthur Godfrey, Dick Haymes, Phil Harris, Woody Herman, and His Orchestra, Eddy Howard, The Ink Spots, Harry James and His Orchestra, Louis Jordan, Sammy Kaye, Stan Kenton, and His Orchestra, Peggy Lee, Guy Lombardo, and His Royal Canadians, Tony Martin, Johnny Mercer, Vaughn Monroe, Pied Pipers, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Margaret Whiting
1946 Pop Culture Facts & History
Jacques Heim and Louis Reard designed the first bikini for public consumption, named after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini became the first American Saint.
April 8th is Draw A Bird Day. It is observed to honor a 10-year-old girl who was killed when hit by a car in 1946. The Cozy Dog Drive-In is now a restaurant at 2935 South Sixth Street in Springfield, Illinois.
Ed Waldmire Jr. invented The Cozy Dog, the first corn dog on a stick in 1946. He had wanted to name his creation the “Crusty Cur,” but his wife convinced him that people wouldn’t want to eat something described as “crusty.”
The Adventures of Superman radio show revealed the ‘secret’ codes and rituals of the KKK, making it a laughingstock and drying up Klan membership within weeks.
The Misfits’ famous skull mascot is originally from a 1946 film serial titled The Crimson Ghost—the titular character plots to steal a device that can short out any electronic. The Crimson Ghost has also been featured in an Iron Maiden music video.
The BBC broadcast its first multi-episode television show, a crime drama called Telecrime, in 1938. After five episodes, the show went on a seven-year hiatus due to WWII and resumed in 146, when the remaining 12 episodes were broadcast.
7-Eleven changed its name from Tote’m to empathizing with the company’s new extended hours, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
The fastest typing speed on an IBM electric typewriter is 216 words per minute, achieved by Stella Pajunas-Garnand. The average typist reaches 50 to 80 words per minute.
The United States tried to purchase Greenland from Denmark for $100 million.
Song of the South is a 1946 Disney film that has never been released on video in the United States due to controversial racial overtones.
Tom and Jerry’s episode where Tom performed Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1946.
Fidelity Investments was founded in Boston, Massachusettes.
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.
Walt Disney himself voiced Mickey Mouse from his premiere in 1928 until 1946, when Jimmy MacDonald took over.
The modern concept of a diamond engagement ring is largely due to a marketing campaign from the De Beers company from 1946… possibly the most successful ad campaign of all time.
When Louis Rèard introduced the bikini in France, no respectable models were willing to wear the revealing swimwear, so Rèard had to hire a stripper, Micheline Bernardini, to model it.
Spook Busters is a 1946 comedy film about a group of recent graduates (The Bowery Boys) who set up a company to exterminate ghosts in New York. Sound familiar?
During the production of the noir classic The Big Sleep, neither the director nor the screenwriters knew if a character was supposed to have committed suicide or been murdered, so they contacted the book’s author, Raymond Chandler, and he didn’t know either.
After losing both hands, WWII Veteran Howard Russell was cast in the film The Best Years of Our Lives. For his portrayal of an injured veteran coming home from war, he went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The Los Angeles Rams signed Kenny Washington, the first African-American player in the NFL.
Sept 1, 1946, The first Formula One race took place in Turin, Italy, and was won by Achille Varzi.
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
Nobel Prize Winners
Physics – Percy Williams Bridgman
Popular and Best-selling Books From 1946
Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque
Best Film Oscar Winner
The Lost Weekend (presented in 1946)
World Series Champions: St. Louis Cardinals
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Most Popular Baby Names (BabyCenter.com)