Avalanches in the Alps killed 240 people and buried 45,000 for a time in Switzerland.
Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began with a 1-kiloton bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat, northwest of Las Vegas, Nev.
A Pennsylvania Railroad passenger train derailed near Woodbridge Township, N.J., killing 85 people and injuring over 500, in one of the worst rail disasters in American history.
Patti Page had a hit song “Tennessee Waltz.”
e_SDLqHow High the Moon” by Les Paul & Mary Ford was popular.
The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, was ratified.
The first NBA All-Star game was played in the Boston Garden.
Hank Ketcham’s best-selling comic strip “Dennis the Menace,” appeared in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.
The 23rd Academy Awards ceremony was held; “All About Eve” won Best Pictures.
U.S. President Harry S Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his Far Eastern commands.
In New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, thousands of acres of forests were destroyed in fires.
Walt Disney’s 13th animated film, “Alice in Wonderland,” premiered in London and the United Kingdom.
In San Francisco, Calif., 48 nations signed a peace treaty with Japan to formally end the Pacific War.
MGM released the musical movie “Show Boat.”
Shoppers World, one the first shopping malls in the U.S. opened in Framingham, Mass.
“I Love Lucy” made its television debut on CBS.
U.S. President Harry Truman declared an official end to war with Germany
A water storage tank collapsed in Tucumcari, N.M., resulting in four deaths, and 200 buildings destroyed.
Can you guess the year?
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