Explore what happened in1946

1946

1946, as the first full year after the Second World War, saw another global conflict open up – the Cold War.

1946

While the Allied Powers had been victorious over their Axis enemies, the world began to divide between East and West. It was in this context that Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech on the 5th of March at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

It was this year that the first meeting of the United Nations was held. Shortly after this first meeting in London, the League of Nations transferred its mission to the UN and was disbanded.

In a project of the US Army Signal Corps, Project Diana, brought the United States actively into the Space Age. In this experiment, radar waves were bounced off of the Moon, proving that readily available technology allowed for communication in space between the Earth and the Moon.

There were some notable cultural developments in 1946 as well. This was the year that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra held its first rehearsal, and American musician BB King’s music career turned professional in Memphis, Tennessee.

In film, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James “Jimmy” Stewart, was released this year. This film would go on to become one of the most culturally significant films of all time, and a holiday tradition for millions of people. Disney’s Song of the South was also released this year. Despite some controversy over some describing the film as having some racist undertones, it remains a significant part of Disney history, as the film’s song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” won an academy award in 1947 and the film also inspired the Splash Mountain attraction at Disney theme parks.

In fashion, the modern bikini was modeled in Paris for the first time, marking a new era in swimwear for women.

Have a look at how Virginia, United States of America was like in 1946

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

The Harvey Girls

Directed by: George Sidney

Starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, John Hodiak

Country: United States

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Terror by Night

Directed by: Roy William Neill

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Alan Mowbray

Country: United States

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Anna and the King of Siam

Directed by: John Cromwell

Starring: Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell

Country: United States

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The Killers

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1946 ?

The King's General

By: Daphne du Maurier

The highly anticipated reissue of the du Maurier classics American fans have been waiting for "Daphne du Maurier has no equal." Sunday Telegraph As civil war rages across England, the weak prove their courage and the privileged become traitors In ...

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This Side of Innocence

By: Taylor Caldwell

Beautiful Amalie Maxwell, low-born, but driven by limitless desires, came to Riversend and instantly touched off a holocaust of passion, hatred and intrigue that blazed through three generations of the lordly Lindseys...

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The River Road

By: Frances Parkinson Keyes

Louisiana plantation life after World War One.

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1946 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. David
  7. Michael
  8. Thomas
  9. Charles
  10. Ronald
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Linda
  3. Patricia
  4. Barbara
  5. Carol
  6. Sandra
  7. Nancy
  8. Susan
  9. Sharon
  10. Judith

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