For Whom the Bell Tolls starring Gary
Cooper and Ingrid Bergman
Guadalcanal Diary starring William
Hitler’s Children starring Robert
Watson and Tim Holt
Human Comedy starring Mickey
Rooney and Frank Morgan
written by Lillian Hellman
The Outlaw starring Jane
Stormy Weather starring Lena
Through Air Power by Walt Disney
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
Wayne Marsh, “G.I. Jive” by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, “Home in
Antone” by Bob Willis and his Texas Playboys, “Hot Time in the Town of
by Bing Crosby, “Johnny Zero” by The Song Spinners, “Rainbow Rhapsody”
Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, “That Ain’t Right” by the King Cole
“Travelin’ Light” by Billie Holiday and “Velvet Moon” by Harry James
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
dedicated the Jefferson memorial on the two-hunredth anniversary of
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’