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The Baby Boom Years: 1948

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The definitive collection of 1940s American music, news, fashion, fads and kitsch that continues to influence the world.

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BORN:

  • ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
  • CAT STEVENS
  • STEVIE NICKS
  • OZZY OSBORNE

MUSIC

  • Columbia Records introduces the 33 1/3 LP record at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Now listeners can enjoy 25 minutes of music per side!

FASHION

  • Glamorous Rita Hayworth makes the sweater popular. Women wear their hair curled high in the front and to their shoulders in the back.

SPORTS

  • Citation becomes the 8th horse to win the US Triple Crown
  • 1948 Summer Olympics takes place in London, United Kingdom
  • Ben Hogan wins both the PGA CHampionship and U.S. Open
  • Minneapolis Lakers win three games to one over the Rochester Royals

WORLD

  • Ghandi is assassinated in New Delhi.
  • Communists seize power in Czechoslovakia.
  • Israel proclaims independence.
  • Marshall Plan allocates American aid to Europe.
  • Apartheid implemented in South Africa.
  • In a united effort, Berlin Airlift successfully supplies food to a blockaded West Germany.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

  • The United Nations deemed this as the #1 world problem in 1948.

a. lack of food b. the atomic bomb c. infectious disease d. human rights

  • Debuting in 1948, Texaco Star Theater transforms this failed radio performer into “Mr. Television” convincing families without a TV to get one and tune into America’s most popular entertainer. Instant gratification became an instant marketing success in 1948. Name the device which acted as an “instant darkroom” and took just 60 seconds.
  • Swiss inventor George de Mestral invented what special fastener this year after getting burrs stuck to his pants? Fresh Kills was opened this year in New York. What was it?

a. A hunting ground b. A landfill c. A fishing hole d. A morgue

R.I.P.

  • ORVILLE WRIGHT
  • BABE RUTH
  • D.W. GRIFFITH
  • RUTH BENEDICT

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits:

  1. Twelfth Street Rag—Pee Wee Hunt
  2. Manana—Peggy Lee
  3. Now Is The Hour—Bing Crosby
  4. A Tree In The Meadow—
  5. Margaret Whiting
  6. My Happiness—Jon & Sandra Steele
  7. Baby Face—Art Mooney
  8. Too Fat Polka—Arthur Godfrey
  9. Now Is The Hour—Bing Crosby
  10. Little White Lies—Dick Haymes
  11. Buttons And Bows—Dinah Shore