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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1948!

IN THE NEWS:

  • Gandhi assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic
  • Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia
  • Burma and Ceylon gain independence from Britain
  • Organization of American States (OAS) is formed in Bogota, Columbia
  • Israel is declared a nation and recognized by the United Nations and the United States
  • Republic of Korea is proclaimed after elections supervised by the U.N.
  • Verdict in Japanese War Trials results in 18 imprisonments while Tojo and six other military leaders are hanged
  • Alger Hiss, a former U.S. State Department official, is indicted on charges of perjury after denying that he passed secret documents to a communist spy ring (convicted in his second trial, he received a five year prison sentence)
  • Poloroid Camera is introduced
  • Velcro is invented
  • Xerox Company introduces "xeroxing"
  • The LP (long-playing) record is developed by Peter Goldmark
  • Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Braves in the World Series
  • Eddie Arcaro takes the Triple Crown riding Citation

ON THE RADIO:

ON TELEVISION:

  • Pantomime (a game show)
  • Ed Sullivan Show
  • Quiz Time
  • CBS TV News with Douglas Edwards
  • Prize fight -- Louis v Walcott - sponsored for $100,000 by Gillette
  • NY baseball teams' television rights sold for $700,000

FADS & FASHION:

  • Frisbee
  • Wurlitzer jukeboxes
  • Scrabble
  • Cootie
  • Kinsey Report (Sexual Behavior in the American Male)

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $1,550
  • Gasoline: 26 cents per gallon
  • House: $13,500
  • Bread: 14 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 86 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $3,600
  • Minimum Wage: 40 cents per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

  • Hamlet - a dramatic film by Laurence Olivier starring Laurence Olivier and Eileen Herlie

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

  • The Tony Awards begin in 1947 but the first Tony for a musical isn't given out until 1949 (look ahead to 1949 to see the first winner)

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener (fiction)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (drama)
  • Across the Wide Missouri by Bernard Devoto (history)
  • Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow by Margaret Clapp (biography)
  • The Age of Anxiety by W.H. Auden (poetry)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

  • none awarded

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