Decade of Triumph

Sounds of the 40's

Wish Upon A Star by Walt Disney
Our Miss Brooks by Eve Arden
Pepsi Cola Commercial
The Milton Berle Show
First atomic bomb dropped
Don Ameche and Frances Langford

Audio files were retrieved from "Archer Audio Archive."
The 1900s - Headlines & Audio from 1900-1999. Archer Audio Archive. 2007. Archer
& Valerie Productions. 10 Jan. 2007

1940's Fast Facts

  • On January 6, 1941 President Delano Roosevelt made his famous speech of four freedoms that everyone should have, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom of want, and freedom from fear.
  • The Chinese Exclusion acts of 1882 and 1902 where repealed in 1943 permitting Chinese to immigrate and naturalize in the U.S.
  • The GI Bill of Rights was passed in 1944 so veterans earned funds and other benefits.
  • In 1946 the Philippines gained independence from the U.S.A.
  • CBS demonstrates the first color television in New York {1940}
  • Bing Crosby releases “White Christmas” from the film Holiday inn the song goes on to be the all-time top selling song from the film {1942}
  • Radio classic Amos ‘n’ Andy is canceled after 15 years and made more than 4,000 shows {1943}
  • The FCC creates a commercial broadcasting spectrum of 13 channels and received 130 applications for broadcast licenses {1945}
  • Popular toys created in 1943 were ones such as, the slinky, and a toy known as etch –a- sketch.
  • In the year of 1945, the high-speed computer ENLAC was built, containing more than 17,000 tubes.
  • Chutes and ladders, Silly Putty, Tonka Trucks, Scrabble, and Candy Land were all famous games and toys for children of any age that were created in the years of 1943-1949
  • In 1945, the first nuclear weapon was built and tested. Also the first missile, the V-1 flying bomb, and the first ballistic missile, and the V-2 rocket were all invented in 1941 and 1942.

U.S. and World News 1940's

Leisure 1940's

On the Homefront 1940's

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