Buck Pirates starring Abbott
Citizen Kane directed by and
starring Orson Wells
by Walt Disney
The Maltese Falcon directed by John
starring Humphrey Bogart
Meet John Doe directed by Frank
Suspicion directed by
Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary
Grant and Joan Fontaine
The Two-Faced Woman starring Greta
Fiction included: Edna Ferber’s Saratoga Trunk, F. Scott
Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon, Ellen Glasgow’s In This Our
McCullers’s Reflections in a Golden Eye, Vladimir Nabokov’s The
Real Life of Sebastian Knight, William Saroyan’s Fables,
Marguerite Steen’s The Sun Is My Undoing.
Popular songs included: “Aurora” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The
Andrews Sisters, “Everything Happens to Me” by Tommy Dorsey with Frank
“Hawaiian Sunset” by Sammy Kaye with Marty McKenna, “The Hut-Sut Song”
Freddie Martin and his Orchestra, “I Don’t Want To Set The World On
by The Mills Brothers, “This Love of Mine” by Tommy Dorsey with Frank
and “When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again” by Gene Autry.
Riveter, named for Rosina Bonavita, became the emblem of
female factory workers.
December 7: Japan
Harbor, Hawaii. The next day President Roosevelt signed a
declaration of war against Japan.
Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen won first prize in the Museum of Modern
Art competition for functional furniture.
College women and debutantes went hatless.
January: New York mayor Fiorella H.
La Guardia sponsored the press event, “New York Fashion Futures.”
March 17: The National Gallery of
Art was opened in Washington D.C.
June 25: President Roosevelt signed
Executive Order 8802 which banned racial discrimination in the defense
and created the Fair Employment Practices Committee.