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The 1940s is the fifth decade of the 20th century. To this day, this decade is best-known for World War II, which dominated the first half of the 1940s and remained in the popular consciousness long after the war ended in 1945.

Years and Events[]

  • 1940
    • Bugs Bunny first appears in the cartoon A Wild Hare.[1]
    • The modern freeze-dry process is discovered for food preservation.[2]
    • Disney’s Fantasia premieres with Mickey Mouse as "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice."[3]
    • Cave paintings found in Lascaux[4]
    • First nylon stockings sold in the U.S.[5]
    • Folk singer Woody Guthrie writes "This Land is Your Land."[6]
  • 1941
    • Penicillin is being derived from moldy fruit in Illinois.[7]
    • The Blitz in London[8]
  • 1942
    • The Manhattan Project is established to develop an atomic bomb.[9]
    • U.S. soldiers in World War II get chocolate bars in combat rations.[10] World War II combat rations also include chewing gum.[11]
    • Navajo code talkers start to aid the Allies in World War II.[12]
    • Japanese-Americans are confined in internment camps.[13]
    • The Alaska Highway is built during World War II.[14]
    • Women on the home front adapt to the silk and nylon shortage of World War II.[15]
  • 1943
    • U.S. garbage is recycled for World War II industries.[16]
    • A computer breaks a Nazi code.[17]
    • Shoe rationing begins in the U.S. during World War II.[18]
  • 1944
    • Smokey Bear makes his debut.[19]
    • Penicillin is used during World War II.[20]
    • Paris is liberated under the Arc de Triomphe.[21]
    • The G.I. Bill provides tuition for World War II veterans.[22]
    • Eleanor Roosevelt pushes for social reform amid her husband's reelection.[23]
  • 1945
    • Television advertising begins in the U.S.[24]
    • The first atomic weapon is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.[25]
    • Navajo code talkers aid the Allies at Iwo Jima.[26]
    • The ENIAC computer is built.[27]
    • Jessie T. Polk patents her electric curling iron.[28]
  • 1946
    • President Truman seizes control of U.S. railroads.[29]
    • The first mobile phone service begins in the U.S.[30]
    • The first Tupperware products are sold in stores.[31]
    • Winston Churchill speaks of an "Iron Curtain."[32]
    • The bikini bathing suit débuts.[33]
    • Carbon dating is introduced.[34]
  • 1947
    • Jackie Robinson integrates the World Series.[35]
    • The first commercial microwave oven is introduced.[36]
    • Richard James patents the Slinky.[37]
    • Ronald Reagan begins his first term as president of the Screen Actors' Guild.[38]
    • Bing Crosby records his radio shows on magnetic tape for the first time.[39]
    • Anne Frank's diary published.[40]
  • 1948
    • "Dial", the world's first deodorant soap, is introduced.[41]
    • The first McDonald's drive-in restaurant opens in San Bernardino.[42]
  • 1949
    • Bike usage is encouraged in Communist China.[43]
  • Undated
    • Women work in factories during World War II.[44]
    • Over 300,000 Mexican-American troops serve in WWII.[45]

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?[]

In Episode 30, the Time Pilots meet a man named Philip Johnston, who lived among the Navajo and put their native language to practical use during World War II, thus creating a code that the Axis couldn't crack! His references to the Battle of Iwo Jima lead the Time Pilots to the 1940s, specifically 1945.

In Episode 40, Sir Vile taunts the Time Pilots about a time when, in the midst of World War II, Japanese-Americans were shipped off to internment camps. But he drops some clues in the process, leading the Time Pilots to figure out that he's in the early 1940s, specifically 1942.

In Season 2, Episode 2, the Engine Crew sings a song about the Slinky and its inventor, Richard James. Their clues about World War II lead the Time Pilots to the 1940s, specifically 1947.

References[]

  1. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 33"
  2. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 50"
  3. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 3"
  4. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 5"
  5. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 40"
  6. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 9"
  7. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 28"
  8. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 15"
  9. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 7"
  10. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 25"
  11. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 38"
  12. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 30"
  13. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 40"
  14. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 38"
  15. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 46"
  16. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 19"
  17. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 39"
  18. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 56"
  19. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 4"
  20. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 28"
  21. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 35"
  22. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 51"
  23. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 1"
  24. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 1"
  25. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 7"
  26. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 30"
  27. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 39"
  28. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 2"
  29. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 5"
  30. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 41"
  31. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 50"
  32. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 60"
  33. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 64"
  34. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 5"
  35. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 3"
  36. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 7"
  37. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 2"
  38. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 11"
  39. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 44"
  40. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 48"
  41. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 24"
  42. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 35"
  43. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 62"
  44. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 1, Episode 29"
  45. "Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Season 2, Episode 10"
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