Page 1

remember when

‘We must be the great arsenal of Democracy.’ Franklin Roosevelt 32nd. U.S. President Served March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945

Ford Cabriolet


John ‘Cactus Jack’ Garner

book his comic cover. s e k a m merica r on the Captain A ching Adolf Hitle n u debut, p

32nd U.S. Vice President • Food rationing begins Jan. 8 in Great Served March 4, 1933 – Jan. 20, 1941 Britain.

World events

• Luftwaffe Col. Hermann Goring assumes control of most German war industries Jan. 4.

• Members of the Soviet Politburo sign an order March 5 for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia. • Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet March 18 in the Alps, where Mussolini agrees to bring Italy into the war. • Germany invades the neutral countries of Denmark and Norway on April 9. • Winston

Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of Great Britain.

Churchill becomes prime minister of the United Kingdom on May 10. Three days later he would make his first address, saying, “I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” • President Roosevelt asks Congress for $900 million to build at least 50,000 airplanes a year on May 16. • Nazi concentration camp AuschwitzBirkenau, the largest German concentration camp, opens May 20 in occupied Poland. More than 1 million people will be killed there through January 1945. • The Dunkirk evacuation of British Expeditionary Forces starts May 26. Through June 4, 300,000 troops were evacuated by the British and French navies with the help of civilian vessels. • The French government flees to Bordeaux as Paris falls to the Germans on June 14. • The Battle of Britain begins July 10. • The U.S. and Britain announce an agreement Sept. 2 to use 50 U.S. destroyers as escorts for British ships. • Nazi Germany begins the first of 57 consecutive

The Tacoma Nar months after rows Bridge, known as G alloping Girti opening. e, collap

nights of bombing London on Sept. 7, an action known as “The Blitz.” • Charlie Chaplin releases his controversial wartime satire “The Great Dictator” on Oct. 15.

U.S. News

• “The Three Stooges” short comedy “You Nazty Spy!” is released Jan.19, the first Hollywood parody of Adolf Hitler. • Disney’s “Pinocchio” is released in theaters Feb. 7. • Elmer Fudd makes his debut in the animated short “Elmer’s Candid Camera” on March 2. • Robine the Boy Wonder, Batman’s sidekick, makes his debut in the April edition of “Detective Comics.” • The first McDonald’s opens May 15 in San Bernardino. • The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held for the first time June 16 in South Dakota. • Bugs Bunny appears for the first time July 27 in the Oscar-nominated short “A Wild Hare.” • President Roosevelt signs the Selective Training and Service Act on Sept. 16, creating the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. • President Roosevelt defeats Republican Wendell Wilkie on Nov. 5, becoming the only U.S. president to win a third term. • The Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses Nov. 7 in Tacoma, Wash., four months af-

ses 4

ter opening. • Disney releases “Fantasia” on Nov. 13, the first box office failure for Walt Disney, though the film would recoup its cost years later and become on of Disney’s most highly-regarded films. • Abbott and Costello make their film debut Nov. 15 in “One Night in the Tropics.” • Timely Comics’ “Captain America Comics #1” hits newsstands in the United States in December. • California’s first modern freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway (now the Pasadena Freeway, or State Route 110), opens to traffic Dec. 30 in Pasadena.

Movies • • • • • • • • • •

“The Shop Around the Corner” “The Invisible Woman” “The Great Dictator” “Pinocchio” “My Favorite Wife” “Rebecca” “The Philadelphia Story” “Remember the Night” “Fantasia” “The Grapes of Wrath”

BORN THIS YEAR: John Lennon, musician (Oct. 9). Above left: Chuck Norris, martial arts expert, actor (March 10); Al Pacino, actor (April 25); Linda Gray, actress (Sept. 12); Richard Pryor, comedian, actor (Dec. 1).

Sinatra • “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) • “Only Forever,” Bing Crosby • “We Three (My Echo, My Shadow & Me),” The Ink Spots • “The Woodpecker Song,” Glenn Miller • “The Breeze & I,” Jimmy Dorsey • “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Glenn Miller • “You Are My Sunshine,” Jimmie Davis


• “In the Mood,” Glenn Miller • “Frenesi,” Artie Shaw • “I’ll Never Smile Again,” Tommy Dorsey & Frank

Chevrolet Pickup Jan. 15, 2018

•  Income per year ....... $1,725 •  Minimum wage ............. 30¢ •  New house .............. $3,920 •  Rent .................................. $30 •  New car.......................... $850 •  Gallon of gas .................... 11¢ •  Gallon of milk . ............... 34¢ •  Loaf of bread ..................... 8¢ •  First-class stamp ...............3¢ •  Movie ticket ................... 24¢

Lincoln Zephyr •

For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280 •

Jan. 15, 2018

Profile for Remember When - Military Press

Remember When 1940  

What life was like in 1940... what things cost, news of the world and more

Remember When 1940  

What life was like in 1940... what things cost, news of the world and more