LOOK 1949

Historical Highlights of 1949 …

  • US recognizes the state of Israel.
  • Bob Hope suggests that Anthony Benedetto change his stage name from “Joe Bari” to “Tony Bennett”.
  • Milton Berle hosts the first telethon, which benefits cancer research.
  • Famous Births … George Foreman, Billy Joel, Teri Garr.
  • Deaths … Richard Strauss, Nelson Doubleday.
  • In the World Series the New York Yankees win over the Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1).
  • The minimum hourly wage rate was 70 cents per hour.
  • A 6.75 Richter scale earthquake in Ecuador kills 6000 and destroys 50 towns.
  • Formation of NATO.

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