1948 Fun Facts, Trivia and Information

1948 Fun Facts, Trivia and Information

Top Ten Baby Names of 1948:
Linda, Mary, Barbara, Patricia, Susan, James, Robert, John, William, David

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Betty Grable

“The Quotes:”
“Tonight, we have a really big show (pronounced shoe)”
– Ed Sullivan

“Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”
– Alfonso Bedoya, as Gold Hat, in ‘Treasure of the Sierra Madre’

“A diamond is forever”
– DeBeers

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Harry S. Truman

Miss America:
BeBe Shopp (Hopkins, MN)

The Scandal:
Actor Rex Harrison’s mistress, Carole Landis, committed suicide. His career survived, and his marriage to Lilli Palmer survived untl 1957.

Nerd News:
In an alternate reality, Dewey defeated President Truman. In this reality Truman won.

The Ford F-series truck was introduced.

Muddy Waters’1948 hit “Rollin’ Stone” was the inspiration for a 1960’s band a few decades later.
(Hint: It was NOT “The Beatles”, “The Who” “The Kinks” or “Cream.”)

Bar codes were invented by Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland.

McCulloch chainsaws were introduced.

The Habit:
Hiding behind their newspapers and magazines, many people were actually reading the ‘Kinsey Report on sexuality on the human male.’

1st appearances & 1948’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Scrabble invented, Slinky Jr.

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Gentleman’s Agreement (presented in 1948)

World Series Champions: Cleveland Indians
NFL Champions: Philadelphia Eagles
NBA Champions: Baltimore Bullets
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Ben Hogan
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Richard A. Gonzales/Margaret Osborne duPont
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Bob Falkenburg/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions: Michigan
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Citation

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