Fun Facts of The Year 1948
This Is Were I Came In!
Every human being on this planet starts somewhere. My life began in October of 1948. It was the Mid-Term of Presidency for Harry Truman. . .the rest is history. So, for those of us born around that time some clarity will tickle you. Others, may want to skip this lens, not wanting anyone to know you lived through this much history. I get a good laugh at that, not being one who even cares about age. Take it from me, youth is an overrated and overused word. The "real celebrities" are those who weather time, challenges, losses and still find things to celebrate every year. Sure, there are infinite possibilities to ruminate about, with finances and health issues looming.
I promise you, taking this walk will bring memories that will stir many emotions. Hang in there, buddy, it all gets better. Remember, there is a silver lining to every cloud. Actually, the silver is creeping up around the edges of my hair, right now. Let's get going!
1948 A Leap Year
Leap year started around the time of Julius Ceasar, in 45 B.C. This was called the Julian Calendar and was 12 months, 365 days with an extra day every 4th year. His mathematicians must have had fun playing with numbers, because they over-calculated by .0078 days
(11 minutes 14 seconds).
That tiny span caused the vernal equinox to fall around March 11 instead of March 21.
This was now the 16th Century when Pope Gregory XIII changed the calendar, moved the date by 11 days and instituted a rule to include Leap Years. There is a leap year every 4 years.
A Century year will only be a Leap Year if it is divisible by 400. Bet you didn't know that! This calendar was deemed the Gregorian Calendar. More than 3,000 years will go by before a day is gained. Now, that's some fancy math, right?
Historic Fact of 1948
The Arab-Israeli War
The climate of the Middle East remains as if in a tinderbox. There have been no winners after 63 years.
Your spin is as good as mine. There are probably, thousands of links to give food for fodder to this subject.
The fact of the matter is, the Establishment of the State of Israel (May 14, 1948). Unrest, on both sides continues.
Books For Review
Finding information online is ok. Having a book on the subject will get more information in your hands and head.
Arab-Israeli War - Documentary
Finding out more information, in type, about the war. Going to articles and magazines covering the incidents.
"Mahatma" Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948)
Known as "Mahatma" (great soul) this peaceful giant, turned attorney, turned civil rights activist, turned prisoner became a representative of the National Congress in India. Resigned that post after, several more fasts.
His fasting for the unity of India in 1945, nearly killed him. Many more events of interest occurred and the links, provided will take you through a timeline journey through this whirlwind life of an enigma.
On January 30, 1948, a fanatic assassinated Gandhi as he went on his way to evening prayer ground at Birla House, Delhi. Unarmed and unafraid, the Great Soul laid down his life with a legacy of Love and and example of non-violence.
Non-violence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed. M. Gandhi
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Movies That I Love - 1948 Was A Very Good Year
Some of the movies, not all of the movies that were showing in 1948. Recognizing titles may jog a memory or two. Just for fun, try to think of what each movie was all about. Then look them up, by name or character actor to get a full description. You didn't expect me to give a synopsis in this small space, did you?
Try renting or buying them. This will be lots of fun and a walk down memory lane.
- Johnny Belinda
Jane Wyman and Lou Ayres
- Unfaithfully Yours
Rex Harrison and Linda Darnell
- The Naked City
Drama, Crime, Mystery, Film Noir
Barry Fitzgerald and Howard Duff
- Easter Parade
Judy Garland and Fred Astair
- Snake Pit
Olivia DeHaviland and Mark Stevens
- The Three Musketeers
Lana Turner and Gene Kelly
- The Red Shoes
- The Treasure of Sierra Madre
Bruce Benet and Tim Holt
- Red River
John Wayne and Montgomery Cliff
Edmond Knight and Anthony Quayle
- The Fallen Idol
Ralph Richardson and Gerard Heinz
- Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
- 3 Godfathers
John Wayne and Pedro Armendariz
- Key Largo
Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson
- Oliver Twist
Robert Newton and Alec Guinness
- Call Northside 777
James Stewart and Richard Conte
Orson Wells and Jeannette Nolan
- Pecos Bill
Roy Rogers and Bob Nolan
- Sorry, Wrong Number
Barbary Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster
- Words And Music
June Allison and Perry Como
- Command Decision
Clark Gable and Walter Pigeon
- June Bride
Bette Davis and Fay Bainter
- Boy With The Green Hair
Pat O'Brien and Robert Ryan
- London Belongs To Me
Richard Attenborough and Alastair Sim
- Fury At Furnace Creek
Victor Mature and Colleen Gray
- Road House
Ida Lupino and Cornel Wilde
- Iron Curtain
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney
- Ladies Of The Chorus
Adele Jergens and Marilyn Monroe
- If You Knew Susie
Eddie Cantor and Joan Davis
Vintage Movies - Spell It Out
Try your hand at finding that movie that once held your attention. You know you want to laugh, cry or be thrilled. Singing along with your long-lost songs which people forgot to include in this generation of moviegoers. See the actors at their best and youngest builds. Some, before they were even famous.
Inside the Search box, type the name of the movie you are looking for. Let Amazon find it for you. The prices will be reasonable. These are the treasures we look for. Of course they are!
Vintage Movie Posters - Set 1 from wikipedia.orgClick thumbnail to view full-size
Vintage Movie Posters - Set 2 from wikipedia.orgClick thumbnail to view full-size
Vintage Movie Posters - Set 3 from wikipedia.orgClick thumbnail to view full-size
Pulitzer Prize Winners 1948
Award Winning Writers
Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: James A. Michener - Tales of the South Pacific
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: W. H. Auden: The Age of Anxiety
1948 Tennessee Williams file photo - Writing: Plays
1948 W. H. Auden file photo - Picture courtesy of wikipedia.org
James A Michener file photo - Credit: www.cpvaughn.com (insert pic)
1948 In The Black Community
August13,1948 Satchel Paige is the first black pitcher in an American League game: Cleveland Indians (he shuts out Chicago).
October 9,1948 Larry Doby is the first black player to hit a home run in a World Series game.
October 10, 1948 Satchel Paige is the first black pitcher to pitch in a World Series game, he appears in relief and pitches 2/3 of an inning.
Black Baseball Heroes - Unbelievable!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Sachel Paige - 1948
World Series 1948, Indians vs Braves. A full house and bases are loaded. The rest is History!
Whirlpool - 1st Automatic Wringer-Washer
While Whirlpool introduces
the 1st Automatic Washer with a Wringer. There were table-topped Radios keeping the families informed and playing the radio shows that were most popular for that period. Televisions were relatively new. All were Black and White, with very small screens.
Ready For The Updates? - Appliances
We have come so far. Just dream of something, along the lines of appliances. You can find it as fast and the thought you just had.
When Doo Wop Was New
The jury is still out on who created the 1st Doo Wop song and when it was played. My mother was careful about playing records. They were made of vinyl and were fragile. When dropped, they shattered. These were 78" records.
At the onset of 1948 the 33 1/3 LP was king. They were made of a more flexible vinyl and had smaller needles to make them play. 45's were the smallest and more popular with teens, so I heard. Because they could skip buying lunch and get that song they heard "spinning" on the radio, just last night.
Young people, almost never think of the quality of sound when they are in the midst of the time at hand. 1948 was no different. So people put up with the scratchy needle on the record or the static, which was ignored. The beat, the melody and the way the music , either made them snuggle up to someone or break out in a frenzied dance move, was all that mattered to them.
It has been said that the Orioles had the first Doo Wop Hit, in 1948 "It's Too Soon To Know". Although the term 'doo wop' didn't officially become common until 1956 (I was nine years old, by then).
Music for the Memories - Doo Wop
You can't get those songs out of your head. Go ahead, they make great gifts for friends or family, too.
Children's Games of 1948
How Many Did You Play
Remember what was fun, parlor games and board games. Let's take time to remember what some of those games were. There was nothing like the electric games of today to hold us captive for hours. But we did manage to have some fun.
Girls loved their dolls, from the fancy dancy, dressed up with long gown dolls to paper dolls. Hard plastic heads and arms, with stuffed bodies. Or hard plastic all the way down the body.
The paper dolls could come from cartoons, to movie characters or actresses, or even the look of the Armed Services. We loved our dolls and tried to take them everywhere with us.
Boys loved their train sets and how many cars they got each year to add to the last set. Sometimes they would get another engine, because they wore out the first one. Trains were not cheap, even in those days.
I hear you can pick one one on eBay, if you're lucky.
Games - Children Loved TheseClick thumbnail to view full-size
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