July 27, 1940
Cartoon character Bugs Bunny makes debut in a short film called “A Wild Hare.” The film centered on hunter Elmer Fudd’s pursuit of the rabbit, and became the template for many Loony Tunes cartoons. The animated icon was originally voiced by Mel Blanc.
One of the big events of the year in the St. Louis area is the annual sheet metal picnic. Plans are already under way to make this one of the biggest and best picnics ever held in this area. It is scheduled to be held at the Ferguson Country Club, at Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11, 1940. A report on the affair will appear in our August issue.
- News from St. Louis Area, Missouri, Kansas and Southwest, July 1940 Snips, page 54.
Dec. 7, 1941
Japan attacks the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over 2,000 Americans died in the attack, which happened just before 8 a.m.
The bombing of Pearl Harbor saw crystallize, overnight, a spirit of unity among the American people, never before dreamed possible. Knowing thousands in the sheet metal trade as we do
- employing contractors, workmen and the leaders of these workmen
- we see developing spontaneously, a similar most encouraging spirit of unity,within our own craft.
- Editor’s Page, December 1941 Snips, page 21.
April 12, 1945
Harry S. Truman becomes president of the United States following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman was Roosevelt’s vice president in the 1944 presidential election. In the 1948 election, Truman wins a second term by defeating Republican Thomas Dewey in a close election.
We believe all our readers are interested in matters having to do with the absorption of disabled veterans of the present war into gainful employment. With this thought in mind, we present some of the ideas worked out by the Dunwoodie Industrial Institute of Minneapolis, Minn., as a help to enable employers to determine whether a disabled person is physically able to do the work required in a specific payroll job.
- “Analyzing job demands and physical handicaps of returning vets for the industry,” April 1945 Snips, page 36.
June 8, 1949
George Orwell publishes 1984. The story of a future totalitarian state has a cultural impact and is even banned from libraries in some countries. The book leads to terms such as “Orwellian” and “Big Brother.” The Metal Craft Club met in May at the home of Mrs. Joe Mattingly, assisted by Mrs. Geo Joslin. A delicious luncheon was served to 15 ladies. We had a short business meeting and the social hour was spent playing Monte Carlo bridge with lovely prizes awarded the winners.
- Ladies and Social News of the Industry, June 1949 Snips, page 188.