1946 Following the end of the war people expected a better life than before the war years with the Great Depression causing poverty and hardship worldwide. There were major shortages in jobs and housing for those returning from war , around the world the start of the baby boom also started as couples married and had children , also there were still shortages of food, and materials.

How Much things cost in 1946 Average Cost of new house $5,600.00 Average wages per year $2,500.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 15 cents Average Cost of a new car $1,120.00 Worlds First Electric Blanket $39.50 Men's Ties $1.50 Watermans Pen $8.75 Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 1,459

What Events Happened in 1946

  • In Britain, the House of Commons decides to nationalize mines
  • United Nations' first meeting in London England and then Long Island United States.
  • 5 Die in Riot at Alcatraz
  • Tidal waves strike Hawaii which were caused by earthquake near the Aleutian Islands, Alaska
  • 30 million people are close to dying of starvation in China
  • Philippines gains independence after 48 years of U.S. rule
  • A major undersea earthquake Alaska measuring 7.4 magnitude in the north pacific ocean caused a Tsunami that by the time it reached Hawaii some 2,400 miles away the waves reached 60ft in height hit coastal areas of Hawaii causing the deaths of 150 +
  • Juan Domingo Peron, ( his Mistress is "Evita" ) is elected president in Argentina
  • (UNICEF) United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund Established December 11th
  • The first Cannes Film Festival takes place in Cannes.
More Information for the Cannes Film Festival.
The very first Cannes Film Festival is held during the month of September in 1946. The international film festival had been originally scheduled to debut in 1939 but was postponed after the outbreak of World War II. Held in the French Riviera in the city of Cannes, the festival was created as a place for up and coming films from around the globe to be previewed and judged. The festival has since evolved into a more commercial endeavor, but is still thought of as a prestigious social gathering for the top names in international film making.

  • Twelve high ranking Nazis are sentenced to death by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg and hung on October 16th
  • War Crimes Trials are held in Tokyo for those accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during World War II.
  • The Mensa society is created, the only qualification for membership being a high IQ in the top 98th percentile,
  • William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), is hung for high treason
United States
  • The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) is revealed at the University of Pennsylvania.
More Information and Timeline for the ENIAC.
In February of 1946, the first programmable, general-purpose electronic digital computer was introduced at the University of Pennsylvania. It was called ENIAC, which stood for “Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer” and was built by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchley for the U.S. Government during World War II. The project began in 1943 and cost about $400,000 to complete. The computer was gigantic and took up the space in a room that was thirty by fifty feet. The first task that it had was to work on calculations related to hydrogen bomb construction.

United States
  • Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his famous "Iron Curtain" speech while visiting the United States.
More Information for Churchill's Iron Curtain speech.
After the end of World War II, tensions between the United States and Soviet Union increased leading to a time of heightened hostilities between the U.S. and its allies and the U.S.S.R. and its allies known as the Cold War. In March of 1946 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave one of his most well known speeches while in Fulton, Missouri in which he coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” to describe the symbolic divide in Europe between communism and democracy. His speech marked one of the first openly declaratory statements that addressed the Cold War and outlined some of the potential dangers of an aggressively expanding Soviet Union.

  • U.S. troops seize control of US railroads during rail unions strike


  • The BBC Television Service begins broadcasting again
  • The US starts Atomic Tests on Bikini Atoll
  • AT&T announce first car phones
  • Piaggio produces the first successful motor scooter The Vespa

Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use ) 1946
Microwave Oven USA by Percy L Spencer
Automation USA by Henry Ford

Popular Culture

  • Bikinis go on sale on July 5th in Paris
  • The first Cannes Film Festival takes place in Cannes
  • Tupperware sold in department and hardware stores
  • Children's puppet "Muffin the Mule" debuts in an episode of For The Children
  • Dean Martin's musical career begins
  • B.B. King's musical career begins
  • Frankie Laine records " That's My Desire"
  • Bill Haley's professional musical career begins as a member of The Down Homers.

Popular Musicians

  • Frank Sinatra
  • Ink Spots
  • Bing Crosby
  • Duke Ellington
  • Perry Como
  • Andrews Sisters

Born This Year

Tommy Lee Jones September 15th
Susan Sarandon October 4th
Justin Hayward October 14th
Ted Bundy November 24th
Candice Bergen may 9th -- Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Jimmy Buffett December 25th -- Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.
George W. Bush July 6th -- New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Cher May 20th -- El Centro, California, U.S.
Tyne Daly February 21st -- Madison, Wisconsin,, U.S.
Donovan May 10th -- Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Uri Geller December 20th -- Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine
Barry Gibb September 1st -- Isle of Man
Sally Field November 6th -- Pasadena, California, U.S.
Freddie Mercury September 5th -- Stone Town, Zanzibar
Ilie Nastase July 19th -- Bucharest, Romania
Dolly Parton January 19th -- Sevierville, Tennessee, United States
Steven Spielberg December 18th -- Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Sylvester Stallone July 6th -- New York, New York, U.S.
Peter Sutcliffe June 2nd -- Bingley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Donald Trump June 14th -- New York City, New York, U.S.

1946 Calendar

Major World Political Leaders

Australia Prime Minister Ben Chifley Brazil President José Linhares Till 31 January
Brazil President Gaspar Dutra From 31 January
Canada Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King

Italy Prime Minister Alcide de Gasperi Till 1 July
Italy Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi From 13 July
Japan Prime Minister Kijuro Shidehara Till 22 May
Japan Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida From 22 May
Mexico President Manuel Ávila Camacho Till 30 November
Mexico President Miguel Alemán Valdés From 30 November
Russia / Soviet Union
General Secretary of the Central Committee Joseph Stalin South Africa Prime Minister Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts United States President Harry S. Truman United Kingdom Prime Minister Clement Attlee