1946 Hit Parade

The Franklin D. Roosevelt dime went into circulation.

Popular films included
Anna and the King of Siam starring Irene Dunn and Rex Harrison
The Best Years of Our Lives directed by William Wyler
The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
The Blue Dahlia starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake
It’s a Wonderful Life directed by Frank Capra starring Jimmy Stewart
Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock
The Postman Always Rings Twice starring John Garfield and Lana Turner
The Razor’s Edge starring Tyrone Power
The Stranger directed by Orson Wells.

Popular fiction included:  Kay Boyle’s Thirty Stories, Daphne Du Maurier’s The King’s General, Pat Frank’s Mr. Adam, Francis Parkinson Keys’s River Road, Carson McCullers’s member of the Wedding,” J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding, William Carlos Williams’s The Build Up and Edmund Wilson’s Memoirs of Hecate County.

Popular songs included:  “Atomic Power” by the Buchanan Brothers, “The Christmas Song” by Nat “King” Cole, “Coax Me a Little Bit” by the Andrews Sisters, “The Frim Fram Sauce” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, “A Hundred and Sixty Acres” by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, “No One to Cry To” by the Sons of the Pioneers, “One Z Two-Z I Love You-Z” by Phil Harris and his orchestra, “Route 66!” by the King Cole Trio, “Something Old, Something New” by Frank Sinatra and “Sonata” by Perry Como.

Dr. Benjamin Spock’s The Commonsense Book of Baby and Child Care was published.

Eames exhibited his designs in the first one-man furniture show by the Museum of Modern Art.

Breuer completed the Robinson House in Williamstown, Massachusetts which was the model for split-level houses.

March 30:  Critic Robert Coates used the term Abstract Expressionism to describe New York modernist painters.

April 14:  The first film to be shown on a plane was So Goes My Love shown on a Pan Am flight from New York to Ireland.

May 9: The first hour-long musical-variety program, “Hourglass,” was broadcasted by NBC.

June 19:  140,000 people viewed the first heavyweight title fight between Joe Louis and Billy Conn, in which Louis won, on television.

October 2:  The first television soap opera, “Faraway Hills,” was televised by the DuMont network.

December 5:  President Harry S Truman’s Executive Order 9809 established the President’s Committee on Civil Rights.