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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1944!

IN THE NEWS:

  • Explosions at the Port Chicago naval base on the Sacramento River in California leave more than 300 American naval personnel dead
  • Allies invade Normandy on D-Day
  • GI Bill of Rights is enacted
  • Bretton Woods Conference establishes the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
  • Dumbarton Oaks Conference between US, UK, and USSR proposes to establish the United Nations
  • Battle of the Bulge turns the war against Germany

ON THE RADIO:

ON TELEVISION:

  • Networks continue limited news broadcasts
  • England continues to ban television broadcasts due to war

FADS & FASHION:

  • Rationing of food and gasoline
  • Women at work in munitions factories
  • Long, full skirts with tight waists

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $1,220
  • Gasoline: 21 cents per gallon
  • House: $8,600
  • Bread: 9 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 62 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $2,600
  • Minimum Wage: 30 cents per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

  • Going My Way - a comedy by Leo McCarey starring Bing Crosby and Rise Stevens

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

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

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin (novel)
  • The Growth of American Thought by Merle Curti (history)
  • The American Leonardo: The Life of Samuel FB Morse by Carleton Mabee (biography)
  • Western Star by Stephen Vincent Benet (poetry)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

  • International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, founded in 1863

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