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Harry S. Truman 33rd. U.S. President Served April 12, 1945 – Jan. 20, 1953

1949 COST OF LIVING

Alben Barkley

35th. U.S. Vice President Served Jan. 20, 1949 – Jan. 20, 1953

World events

• In the first Israeli election, David Ben-Gurion becomes prime minister on Jan. 25. • English astronomer Fred Hoyle coins the term Big Bang during a BBC Third Programme radio broadcast March 28. • The North Atlantic Treaty is signed April 4 in Washington, D.C., creating the NATO defense alliance. • At midnight, April 17, Ireland leaves the British Commonwealth and becomes the Republic of Ireland. • The Soviet Union lifts the Berlin Blockade on May 12. • George Orwell publishes his dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” on June 8 in London.

“South Pacific” opens on

rtin and Ezio Pinza.

Broadway, starring Mary Ma

• The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, code named “Joe 1,” on Aug. 29. • The Federal Republic of Germany is officially founded Sept. 7. Konrad Adenauer is the first federal chancellor. • The People’s Republic of China is officially proclaimed Oct. 1. • The Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany) is officially established Oct. 7. • The Greek Civil War ends Oct. 16 with a communist surrender. • The government of the Republic of China finishes its evacuation to Taiwan on Dec. 7, and declares Taipei its temporary capital city.

The first NASCAR race is held in North Carolina.

U.S. News

• Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pa• President Truman unveils his Fair Deal cific,” starring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, opens April 7 on Broadway and goes on program Jan. 5. to become R&H’s second longest-running • Los Angeles receives its first recorded musical. It becomes an instant classic of snowfall Jan. 11. the musical theatre. The score’s biggest hit • The Poe Toaster first appears Jan. 19 at is the song “Some Enchanted Evening.” the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. • Development of the USS United States • The first Emmy Awards are presented (CVA-58) “supercarrier” is cancelled April Jan. 25 at the Hollywood Athletic Club. • Grady the Cow, a 1,200-pound cow, gets 23; high-ranking Navy officials resign in protest in what has been called the Revolt stuck inside a silo on a farm in Yukon, Oklahoma on Feb. 22 and garners nation- of the Admirals. • Celebrities including Helen Keller, Doral media attention. othy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, • The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward under Captain James Gallagher lands in G. Robinson are named June 8 in an FBI Fort Worth, Texas, on March 2 after completing the first non-stop report as Communist Party members. • Albert II, a rhesus monkey, becomes the around-the-world airplane flight (it was refu- first primate to enter space June 14, on Hermes project V-2 rocket Blossom IVB, eled in flight 4 times). but is killed on impact at return.

“Hopalong Cassidy,” the first TV westerns, debuts.

• Glenn Dunaway wins the inaugural NASCAR race at Charlotte Speedway, a 3/4 mile oval in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 19 but is disqualified due to illegal springs. Jim Roper is declared the official winner. • The first television western, “Hopalong Cassidy,” airs June 24 on NBC. • The National Military Establishment (formerly the Department of War) is renamed the Department of Defense on Aug. 10. • The Office of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is created Aug. 16.

BORN THIS YEAR: Bruce Springsteen, musician (Sept. 23). Above left: George Foreman, boxer (Jan. 10); Steve Perry, musician (Jan. 22); Shelley Long, actress (Aug. 23); Bonnie Raitt, musician (Nov. 8).

Movies • • • • • • • • • •

“The Third Man” “Criss Cross” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” “Samson and Delilah” “Kind Hearts and Coronets” “The Walking Hills” “Little Women” “Twelve O’Clock High” “On the Town” “The Fountainhead”

• “Riders in the Sky,” Vaughn Monroe • “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Gene Autry • “Mule Train,” Frankie Laine • “The Little Bird Told Me,” Evelyn Knight • “That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around

Heaven All Day),” Frankie Laine “You’re Breakin’ My Heart,” Vic Damone “La Vie En Rose,” Edith Piaf “Some Enchanted Evening,” Perry Como “Slippin’ Around,” Margaret Whiting & Jimmy Wakely • “You’re Breakin’ My Heart,” The Ink Spots • • • •

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•  Income per year ...... $2,950 •  Minimum wage ............. 40¢ •  New house ............... $7,450 •  New car...................... $1,420 •  Gallon of gas ................... 26¢ •  Gallon of milk . ............... 84¢ •  Loaf of bread .................. 14¢ •  First-class stamp ...............3¢ •  Movie ticket ................... 46¢

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Remember When 1949  

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