1949 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

1949 Trivia, History and Fun Facts

Top Ten Baby Names of 1949:
Linda, Mary, Patricia, Barbara, Susan, James, Robert, John, William, Michael

The Hotties and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Martine Carol, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Hedy Lamarr, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Lana Turner

“The Quotes:”
“Meep Meep”
– The Road-runner

“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”
– James Cagney, in ‘White Heat’

“What a dump.”
– Bette Davis, in ‘Beyond the Forest’

Time Magazine’s Man of the Year:
Winston Churchill

Miss America:
Jacque Mercer (Litchfield, AZ)

The Scandal:
Airplane Celebrity Death: Buddy Clark

Nerd News:
Charles Lubin’s small chain of ‘Community Bake Shops’ became the Kitchens of Sara Lee, named after his daughter.
Minimum wage jumped from 40 to 75 cents on October 26.

The Habits:
Men started wearing argyle socks, thanks to Brooks Brothers.

Watching Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ on Broadway

1st appearances & 1949’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Silly Putty, Candy Land, Kewpie dolls, Cootie*, Clue** (1948 in the U.K.), Bouncing Putty, Wind-up Clacking “Talking Teeth”

Popular and Notable Books From 1949:
A Rage to Live by John O’Hara
The Big Fisherman by Lloyd C. Douglas
Cutlass Empire by Van Wyck Mason
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Dinner at Antoine’s by Frances Parkinson Keyes
The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter
High Towers by Thomas B. Costain
Mary by Sholem Asch
1984 by George Orwell
Point of No Return by John P. Marquand
Pride’s Castle by Frank Yerby

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Hamlet (presented in 1949)

Sports Highlights:
World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Philadelphia Eagles
NBA Champions: Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Toronto Maple Leafs
U.S. Open Golf Cary Middlecoff
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Richard A. Gonzales/Margaret Osborne duPont
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Ted Schroeder/Louis Brough
NCAA Football Champions: Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Ponder

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