1943 Hit Parade

Movies included: 
    For Whom the Bell Tolls
starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman
Guadalcanal Diary starring William Bendix
Hitler’s Children starring Robert Watson and Tim Holt
The Human Comedy starring Mickey Rooney and Frank Morgan
The North Star written by Lillian Hellman
The Outlaw starring Jane Russell
Stormy Weather starring Lena Horne
Victory Through Air Power by Walt Disney Studios
Watch the Rhine starring Paul Lukas and Bette Davis.

Fiction included:  Sholem Asch’s The Apostle, Louis Bromfield’s Mrs. Parkington, John Dos Passos’s Number One, James T. Farrell’s the Days of Anger, Arthur Koestler’s Arrival and Departure, Sinclair Lewis’s Gideon Planish, John P. Marquand’s So Little Time, William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Robert Penn Warren’s At Heaven’s Gate, and Eudora Welty’s The Wide Net.

Popular songs included:  “Don’t Believe Everything You Dream” by The Ink Spots, “Don’t Sweetheart Me” by Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra with Wayne Marsh, “G.I. Jive” by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, “Home in San Antone” by Bob Willis and his Texas Playboys, “Hot Time in the Town of Berlin” by Bing Crosby, “Johnny Zero” by The Song Spinners, “Rainbow Rhapsody” by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, “That Ain’t Right” by the King Cole Trio, “Travelin’ Light” by Billie Holiday and “Velvet Moon” by Harry James and his Orchestra.

January 1: Shoes were rationed to three pairs per person a year.

January 25:  Construction of the Pentagon was completed in Arlington, Virginia.

March 30:  Oklahoma! opened in New York City.

April 13:  President Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson memorial on the two-hunredth anniversary of Jefferson’s birthday.

November 9:  Jackson Pollack’s first solo show opened at the Arts of This Century Gallery.

December 7:  Carmen Jones opened in New York with an all-black cast.

The U.S. Army issued 519.1 million pairs of socks and 229.4 million pairs of pants.

Designer Norman Norell won the first Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award.