Saturday, January 29, 2011

Young Historians: Letters to soldiers/1946 Timeline

We've had a lot of snow days in January, so this past Wednesday was the first time we've met since the holidays.

In the 1940’s, school children wrote to the soldiers all over the world. This week we made cards and wrote notes to Jason O’Connor who is in Afghanistan. He wanted to hear from people living near his hometown of Chester, VT.

All of the students thanked him for serving his country. Some told personal things about themselves, such as how tall they were and what activities they liked. One student told him about a "yard of snow" we had received, while another commented that if the snow kept up we'd be in school in July.

1946 Timeline
• Bikinis Introduced
• Dr. Spock’s The Common Book of Baby and Child Care is published
• Juan Peron becomes president of Argentina
• Nuremberg Trials begin
• Winston Churchill gives his “Iron Curtain” Speech
• Fist baseball game telecast in Chicago with the Cards vs Cubs
• 7,000 TV sets were sold as commercial TV became established. Note: Vermont did not have its first television station, until 1954 when WCAX-TV began broadcasting from Burlington.

• Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life

• Books: Newberry Winner: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski; Caldecott Winner: The Rooster Crows by Maude & Miska Petersham

• Songs: Round Midnight Thelonious Monk; Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Nat King Cole; A Night in Tunisia Dizzy Gillespie; Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Vaughn Monroe

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