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Jump on our Virtual Newsstand as we journey back to 1949. See and read the comic books on sale month by month, and find out the major news of the day.

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January

An early VW Beetle
Businessman Ben Pon imports first VW Type 1 to America. Lack of interest convinces VW chairman it has no future in the U.S. more ...

February

A cow
Grady, a cow owned by Bill & Alyne Mach becomes trapped in a silo. The story & her eventual rescue captures public imagination more ...

March

Joe Louis
After 25 successful title defenses, Joe Louis World Heavyweight Champion 1937 to 1949, announces his retirement more ...

April

North Atlantic Treaty being signed
12 nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the NATO defense alliance against a possible attack by the Soviet Union more ...

May

A plane landing during the Berlin Blockade
After success of the Berlin Airlift, Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin, leading to creation of 2 separate German states more ...

June

Big Brother is watching you poster
George Orwell's novel 1984 is published. Introducing doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak & Big Brother to the world more ...

July

A de Havilland Comet on the runway
Prototype of the de Havilland Comet, the first commercial jetliner makes its maiden flight. Metal fatigue will later prove fatal more ...

August

Mushroom cloud of Joe-1
Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb. It copies the design of the U.S. plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945 more ...

September

Iva Toguri mugshot
Due to public pressure Iva Toguri D'Aquino is tried & found guilty of broadcasting for Japan as 'Tokyo Rose' during the war more ...

October

Mao Zedong speaking
The Chinese Civil War is drawing to a close & the communists are in control. Mao Zedong proclaims the People's Republic of China more ...

November

Nathuram Godse
Despite clemency pleas by his sons, Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse & conspirator Narayan Apte are executed more ...

December

Robert Menzies
Robert Menzies, founder of the Liberal Party of Australia, becomes Prime Minister a role he will hold until he retires in 1966 more ...

Unknown Month In 1949

1949
Berlin Blockade lifted - George Orwell publishes 1984 - People's Republic of China created - Soviets test atomic bomb more ...
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