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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1945!

IN THE NEWS:

  • Yalta Conference (Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin) where they plan the final defeat of Germany
  • Hitler commits suicide along with his lover, Eva Braun, and several aides in a bunker in Berlin as the Allied Forces move into the city
  • Germany surrenders and May 8 is declared V-E Day (Victory Europe)
  • San Francisco Conference establishes the United Nations
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies while in office
  • Vice President Harry S. Truman becomes President
  • Potsdam Conference (Truman, Churchill, Stalin) establishes the basis of German reconstruction and refugee assistance
  • U.S. drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Japan surrenders and September 2 is declared V-J Day (Victory Japan)

ON THE RADIO:

  • The Adventures of Topper
  • Alan Young Show
  • Amos and Andy
  • Batman
  • Black Museum
  • Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore Show
  • Life of Riley
  • Lone Ranger
  • Lum and Abner
  • Lux Radio Theatre
  • Shadow

ON TELEVISION:

  • Networks continue limited news broadcasts
  • England continues to ban television broadcasts due to war
  • Commercial programming resumed in September

FADS & FASHION:

  • Suburban housing
  • Pea shooters
  • Silly Putty

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $1,250
  • Gasoline: 21 cents per gallon
  • House: $10,000
  • Bread: 9 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 62 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $2,900
  • Minimum Wage: 40 cents per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

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

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • A Bell For Adano by John Hersey (novel)
  • Harvey by Mary Chase (drama)
  • Unfinished Business by Stephen Bonsal (history)
  • George Bancroft: Brahmin Rebel by Russell Blaine Nye (biography)
  • V-Letter and Other Poems by Karl Shapiro (poetry)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

  • Cordell Hull, USA 1871-1955, former Secretary of State, one of the initiators of the United Nations

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