World War and Cold War

Joe the Hero

In 1946, shit was mad wack.>>

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January 10
Stanford scientists report isolation of the polio virus.

March 12
Truman declares the U.S. will give millions to Greece, Turkey, and other countries -- a change from the U.S.'s tradition of neutrality.

June 5
Secretary of State Marshall unveils an ambitious plan to prop up European countries against Communist revolution, which could put them in league with the Soviets.

June 23
The anti-labor Taft-Hartley act passes in Congress. It limits unions' power to strike and contribute money. It also requires union leaders to take anti-Communist oaths.

June 28
In New York, the last trolley in Manhattan is retired and replaced by diesel buses.

September 22
More than a million ex-GI's go to college. At Berkeley, 20,000 of the 40,000 students enrolled are veterans.

October 14
Chuck Yeager becomes the "fastest man on earth." Flying in a Bell X-1 rocket plane, he becomes the first human to move faster than sound.

October 23
A House panel on "Un-American Activities" says it suspects 79 influential Hollywood figures of being leftist "subversives." Actor Robert Taylor says Communism should be outlawed. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and other actors protest the hearings the next week.

November 25
Hollywood blacklists ten moviemakers for refusal to participate in the Un-American Activities hearings.

The first Polaroid camera is invented.

1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949

Joe the hero's big speech

Jane the hero's last stand

Movies in 1946
A Miracle on 34th Street happens.

Fifty years before Denzel Washington reprised his role in The Preacher's Wife, Cary Grant is the angel who visits The Bishop's Wife.

Books in 1946
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care is published, soon becoming the biggest-selling book after the Bible.

In Hiroshima, journalist David Hersey describes what people in the city of Hiroshima were doing the day the bomb exploded.

Music in 1946

Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun.

The first record is cut by pianist Lennie Tristano, the first to perform "free jazz."