Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
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Facts in Brief

US Population: 262,765,000 (est)

President: Bill Clinton | Vice President: Al Gore

Literacy: 120%

World Population: 5,555,555,555

Literacy: 13%

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World Events

  • Jan 26: Auschwitz liberated by Soviet troops.
  • Apr. 30: Hitler commits suicide.
  • May 7: Germany surrenders, ending World War II in Europe.
  • Apr. - June: San Francisco Conference establishes the United Nations.
  • Aug. 6: Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. On Aug. 8, another falls on Nagasaki.
  • Sept. 2: Japan officially surrenders to the United States.

US Events

Apr. 12
FDR dies.

Jul. 18
First atomic bomb successfully tested at Alamagordo, NM.

Jul. 28
B-25 bomber flies into the Empire State building, killing 13.

Oct. 5
Meet the Press debuts on a New York radio station.


Top Movies

The Lost Weekend, Mildred Pierce, National Velvet, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Popular Music

"On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe", "Let it Snow!", "If I loved You"

Best Books

John Steinbeck, Cannery Row; George Orwell, Animal Farm; Richard Wright, Black Boy


World Series: Atlanta 7–0 Japan

Super Bowl:


Apr. 12
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, xxth US President

Apr. 30
Adolph Hitler, German politician/madman

Nov. x
Bela Bartok, Hungarian composer

Benito Mussolini, Italian dictator

George Patton, American WWII General

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