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What Happened in ...? (1940's edition)
"The turbulent decade of the 1940's, year by year. Good luck!"
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What happened in 1940? Marshal Philippe Pétain concluded an armistice with Nazi Germany, Eugene O'Neill wrote "Long Day's Journey into Night", Disney released "Fantasia", and four teenagers and a dog named Robot discovered something in France that would become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. What did they discover?
Fortifications of Vauban
Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
The Lascaux cave complex
Pont du Gard, Roman Aqueduct
What happened in 1941? Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games, Reinhold Niebuhr wrote "The Nature and Destiny of Man", the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg and his team at Cal Berkeley submitted a paper to "Physical Review", but had second thoughts and asked that it not be printed until after the war. What was the paper about?
The production and isolation of plutonium
Tourist's guide to the most important buildings in London
Evidences of Aryan superiority
What happened in 1942? The Americans won the Battle of Midway, Carole Lombard died in a plane crash, "Casablanca" premiered in New York, and in Amsterdam a family went into hiding. What was this family's name?
What happened in 1943? Jean-Paul Sartre released "L'Être et le néant" ("Being and Nothingness"), the Pentagon opened for business in Virginia, the German 6th Army surrendered in Stalingrad, and United States Ship PT-109 was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Who was the commander of PT-109?
LT George Bush, USNR
LTJG John F. Kennedy
Cpt. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Brigadier General James Stewart
What happened in 1944? 165 were killed in a circus fire in Hartford, Ct, Franklin Delano Roosevelt won a fourth term as President of the United States, Vietnam declared independence from France, and the Allies executed Operation Overlord. What would Overlord come to be known as?
The Day the Music Died
What happened in 1945? Atomic bombs were detonated near Alamogordo, N.M. and in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, George Orwell's "Animal Farm" was published, Rodgers and Hammerstein premiered "Carousel", and science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke posited an idea that would revolutionize the world when it was finally realized. What was it?
Telecommunication satellites in geostationary orbits
The microwave oven
The physics behind the Rubik's Cube
What happened in 1946? The United Nations General Assembly held its first session, Churchill gave his "Iron Curtain" speech in Missouri, Joe Louis defended his heavyweight title for the 23rd time, and a Connecticut pediatrician wrote "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care". Who was he?
Jonas Salk, M.D.
Norman Vincent Peale
Benjamin Spock, M.D.
What happened in 1947? Henry Ford died, leaving an estate of $625 million, Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to Polynesia on his raft Kon-Tiki, Maria Callas made her debut in Verona, and India was partitioned. What new country was born from this action?
Burma (or Myanmar)
What happened in 1948? Alfred Kinsey released "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male", James Michener wrote "Tales of the South Pacific", Gandhi was assassinated, and another new country was born, this one in western Asia (the Middle East). What's the ancient name of this young country?
What happened in 1949? The Berlin Airlift ended after 277,000 flights and after the Soviets lifted the blockade, Apartheid was instituted in South Africa, Britain recognized the independence of Eire, and on January 19 a man raised a toast and left three roses and a half-bottle of cognac at a grave in Baltimore for the first time. Whose grave is it?
Edgar Allan Poe
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Compiled Apr 06 13