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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1942!

IN THE NEWS:

  • Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston leaves 492 dead
  • Nazi leaders attend Wannsee Conference to establish the "Final Solution to the Jewish question" (the systematic genocide of European Jews--the Holocaust)
  • Declaration of United Nations signed in Washington D.C.
  • Women's military services established
  • Enrico Fermi achieves nuclear chain reaction
  • 120,000 Japanese Americans in Western states are relocated to internment camps for the remainder of the war (Executive Order 9066)

ON THE RADIO:

ON TELEVISION:

  • All broadcasting in England ceases due to war
  • NBC cancels all commercial programs due to war
  • All U.S. networks continue providing news on a limited basis

FADS & FASHION:

  • Diners
  • Rita Hayworth's "sweater look"
  • Aluminum foil
  • Frozen dinners

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $1,100
  • Gasoline: 19 cents per gallon
  • House: $6,950
  • Bread: 9 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 60 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $2,400
  • Minimum Wage: 30 cents per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

  • Mrs. Miniver - a dramatic war film by William Wyler starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

  • The Tony Awards begin in 1947 (look ahead to 1949 to see the first winner)

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow (novel)
  • Reveille in Washington by Margaret Leech (history)
  • Crusader in Crinoline by Forrest Wilson (biography)
  • The Dust Which Is God by William Rose Benet (poetry)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

  • none awarded
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