We're back in our time machine with the broken dial, and this time we land in 1940.
What Was the Story?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was at the end of his second term and would be elected to a third term by the end of the year. WWII was raging around the world, but the United States had not yet officially entered (it would take the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor to be the catalyst). One can only imagine what the mood must have been like; probably many discussions of the time revolved around whether or not the U.S. should get involved. In other, far less important news, the first McDonald's restaurant opened that year, in San Bernardino, California.
Popular music of that year included Woody Guthrie ("This Land Is Your Land") and Glenn Miller ("In the Mood"). People were reading Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' The economy was still not in great shape -- it would be improved by the entry in to the war the following year -- but people still went to the movies to forget their troubles. And what a good year it was. Some people say that 1939 was the pinnacle of Hollywood entertainment, but my money is on 1940.