1946, as the first full year after the Second World War, saw another global conflict open up – the Cold War.
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.
Which were the most popular movies released this year ?
Which were the top hits of 1946 ?
Top #10 songs in the USA
- Hoagy Carmichael - Huggin' and Chalkin'
- Hoagy Carmichael - Ole Buttermilk Sky
- Ink Spots - The Gypsy
- To Each His Own - Eddy Howard & His Orchestra
- Dinah Shore - The Gypsy
- Frank Sinatra - Oh! What It Seemed to Be
- Frank Sinatra - Five Minutes More
- Perry Como - Prisoner of Love
- Johnny Mercer - Personality
- Bing Crosby - White Christmas
Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1946 in the USA ?
Top #10 male names
Top #10 female names
What happened in each day of 1946
Click on the dates below to find out what the world looked like in each day of 1946