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1946 Mercury Sportsman Woody Convertible

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884-December 26, 1972) 33rd Vice President of the United States

“I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.” — Harry Truman

Vice President No Vice President in 1946. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd POTUS, died on April 12, 1945 of a cerebral hemorrhage. Truman, the Vice President in 1945, succeeded Roosevelt to the Presidency. Truman did not have a Vice President for the remainder of Roosevelt’s term from 1945 to 1949.

World news

• United Nations’ fi rst meeting in London, England • 30 million people are close to dying of starvation in China • Philippines gains independence after 48 years under U.S. rule • Juan Domingo Peron (his mistress is Evita) is elected president of Argentina • Twelve high-ranking Nazis are sentenced to death by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg and hung on Oct. 18, 1946 • War Crimes Trials are held in Tokyo for those accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in WWII • The Mensa Society is created, the only qualification for member-

• AT&T announces fi rst car phones • The Vespa is born • The microwave oven is invented • Automated plants (by Henry Ford)

ship being an IQ in the top 98th percentile • William Joyce is hung for high treason.

Popular culture

U.S. news

• Five die in riot at Alcatraz • Tidal wave strikes Hawaii, caused by an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska • A major undersea earthquake in Alaska measuring 7.4 magnitude in the north Pacific Ocean caused a tsunami that, by the time it reached Hawaii some 2,400 miles away, the waves reached 60 feet in

height. It hit the coastal areas of Hawaii causing more than 150 deaths • UNICEF is established on Dec. 11, 1946 • U.S. troops seize control of U.S. railroads during rail unions strike

Technology

• The U.S. tests the atomic bomb on Bikini Atoll

• The fi rst bikini goes on sale in Paris on July 5 • The fi rst Cannes Film Festival takes place • Tupperware sold in stores • Dean Martin’s musical career begins • BB King’s musical career begins • Frankie Laine records “That’s My Desire” • Bill Haley’s musical career begins as a member roof The Down Homers

Sports

• Philadelphia defeated Chicago 4-1 in the NBA Championship

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TV shows

• Lights Out • Kaleidoscope • Faraway Hill • Muffi n the Mule • Hour Glass • Pinwright’s Progress • I Love to Eat • Campus Hoopla • Cash and Carry • Face to Face

Movies

• It’s a Wonderful Life • Deception • Notorious • The Big Sleep • Gilda • The Best Years of Our Lives • Duel in the Sun • Song of the South • The Postman Always Rings Twice • Beauty and the Beast

Above right: Dolly Parton. Left: Tommy Lee Jones, Cher, Sally Field, Jimmy Buffet.

Popular music

• Prisoner of Love, Perry Como • Five Minutes More, Frank Sinatra • To Each His Own, The Ink Spots • Symphony, Freddy Martin • Let it Snow! Let is Snow! Let it Snow!, Vaughn Monroe • Personality, Johnny Mercer • The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole

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Born this year

• Susan Sarandon • Ted Bundy • Candice Bergen • George W. Bush • Tyne Daly • Barry Gibb

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Income per year $2,600 Minimum wage 40¢ New House $5,150 Rent $35 Car $1,125 Gallon of gas 21¢ Loaf of bread 10¢ Dozen eggs 59¢ Gallon of milk 67¢ First-class stamp 3¢

• Freddie Mercury • Steven Spielberg • Sylvester Stallone • Donald Trump

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