Thursday, May 26, 2016

What happened the year I was born? Here is a website to find out

If you want to reminisce and learn what happened in your birth year or at any year, go to What Happened in My Birth Year and have some fun either on your own or share this with others. I was born in 1946, so here is some of what happened the year I was born. You could take your grandchildren back to the year you started school, or the year you were the same age as them and do a compare an contrast. This is a fun website so here is some of what they say about 1946.

In 1946, the world was a different place.

There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo.

In 1946 the top selling movie was Song of the South. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the poster. 
Remember, that was before there were DVDs. Heck, even before there was VHS. People were indeed watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.

In the year 1946 books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time was The King's General by Daphne du Maurier. Oh, that's many years ago. Have you read that book? Have you read it?

In 1946... A revised and streamlined revival of Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat opens on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor. Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes 6 constituent republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The Soviet Union and Switzerland resume diplomatic relations. In Japan, women vote for the first time, during elections for the House of Representatives of the 90th Imperial Diet. The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.

Since 1946  myself and others have changed the world.The Nobel prize for Literature that year went to Hermann Hesse. The Nobel Peace prize went to Emily Greene Balch and John Raleigh Mott. The Nobel prize for physics went to Percy Williams Bridgman from the United States for the invention of an apparatus to produce extremely high pressures, and for the discoveries he made there within the field of high pressure physics. 

The sensation this created was big. But it didn't stop the planets from spinning, on and on, year by year. Years in which you would grow bigger, older, smarter, and, if you were lucky, sometimes wiser. Years in which you also lost some things. Possessions got misplaced. Memories faded. Friends parted ways. The best friends, you tried to and they held on to you. This is what counts in life, isn't it?

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