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1940 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts



World Series Champions: Cincinatti Reds
NFL Champions: Chicago Bears
Stanley Cup Champs: New York Rangers
U.S. Open Golf Lawson Little
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies) Donald McNeill/Alice Marble
Wimbledon (Men/Women): not held
NCAA Football Champions: Minnesota
NCAA Basketball Champions: Indiana
Kentucky Derby: Gallahadion
Sports Highlights:  
The Hotties and Fashion Icons: Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Betty Grable
The Heartthrob(s):  
"The1940 Quotes"

"Now I'm going to tell you something I've kept to myself for years. None of you ever knew George Gipp. He was long before your time, but you all know what a tradition he is at Notre Dame. And the last thing he said to me, 'Rock,'he said, 'sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock,'he said, 'but I'll know about it and I'll be happy' "
- Pat O'Brien in 'Knute Rocke All American'

"I'll be all around in the dark, I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look, wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be there in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be there in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they built - I'll be there, too"
- Henry Fonda, in 'The Grapes of Wrath'

Time Magazine's Man of the Year Winston Churchill
Miss America: Frances Burke (Philadelphia, PA)
The Scandal:  
Nerd News:

Bugs Bunny was born in in Brooklyn, New York, although a similar, unnamed rabbit was in several Warner Brothers cartoons in 1938 and 1939, his first actual appearnce is considered 'A Wild Hare' with long-time frienemy Elmer Fudd.

The 'America First Committee' was founded, and had nearly 1,000,000 members. The peace organization was designed to keep the U.S> out of World War II. They disbanded on December 11, 1941.

Frank Mars and Bruce Murrie manufactured a candy-coated chocolate in six different colors - red, green, yellow, brown and violet. In 1949 violet was replaced by tan. M&Ms survived the red dye scare of 1976, and the rumored amourosity of the green ones.

UNSUNG HERO, Chiune Sugihara was the Japanese consul general in Lithuania. Against tradition, and specific orders, he gave thousands of visas to nearly anyone who asked for them, and many did ask, so they could escape from the Nazi regime. He was fired of course, and lost his entire career. Why? He later said "They were human beings, and they needed help. I'm glad I found the stregnth to give it to them."

The Habit:  
1st appearances & 1940's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents: Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model BB rifle with a compass in the stock
Best Film Oscar Winner: Rebecca

 

 





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