What Year Was It?
President Harry S. Truman was re-elected in an upset victory over Thomas Dewey. Newspapers were so confident in Dewey they printed headlines proclaiming his victory ahead of time.
White Sands launches a nine pound monkey named Albert in a V-2 nose cone.
Five days of smog in Donora, Pennsylvania, kills 20 and leaves 14,000 injured.
Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt star in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" which opens January 23rd.
Claire Trevor and Lionel Barrymore star in "Key Largo" which debuts July 16th.
Academy Award Winners:
Best Film: Hamlet
Best Director: John Huston for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
Best Actor: Laurence Oliver for "Hamlet"
Best Actress: Jane Wyman for "Johnny Belinda"
Best Supporting Actor: Walter Huston for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
Best Supporting Actress: Claire Trevor for "Key Largo"
"Pantomime Quiz Time" wins an Emmy for Most Popular Television Show.
The Ed Sullivan Show gets its first airing.
Oklahoma! closes on Broadway after a record-setting 2,246 performances.
Some of the top songs of the year were:
"Now Is The Hour" by Bing Crosby
"Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole
"Buttons and Bows" by Dinah Shore
"All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" by Spike Jones & His City Slickers
Awards and Inventions
The 21 Balloons wins the Newberry Medal.
White Snow, Bright Snow wins the Caldecott Medal.
GM releases the V-8 engine.
The LP phonograph record is released.
The Transistor is invented.
The Atomic Clock is invented.
The first solid electric guitar is released.
The Polaroid becomes the first camera to print pictures in one minute.
The Winter Olympics were held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Summer Olympics were held in London, UK. The United States led all countries in summer gold medals.
Michigan won the Rose Bowl over Southern Cal (49-0) and became NCAA Football champions.
Doak Walker recieved the Heisman trophy.
The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFL Championship, which about 20 years later became known as the Super Bowl.
Kentucky makes it through the NCAA Final Four and becomes NCAA Basketball Champs.
The Baltimore Bullets win the NBA Championship.
In baseball, Stan Musial was the National League Batting Champion and MVP for the second consecutive year, while in the American League, Ted Williams won the batting title.
The Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Braves 4 games to 2 in the World Series.
Citation became one of eleven horses to win the Triple Crown.
Joe Louis retains his Heavyweight Boxing Title and finally decides to retire.
Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth file for divorce.
On August 16th, big league slugger Babe Ruth dies of throat cancer at age 53.
Jeremy Irons is born on September 19th.
is born on May 31st.
So Was It...
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