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.

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Movies

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Humoresque

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

Starring: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant, J. Carrol Naish

Country: United States of America

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It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by: Frank Capra

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Country: United States of America

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Green for Danger

Directed by: Sidney Gilliat

Starring: Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Leo Genn

Country: United States of America

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My Darling Clementine

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs

Country: United States of America

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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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