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1940

World War II

Anne Frank

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Population

132,164,569 U.S. Resident Population
37.2
Population per square mile of land area
7.3
Percent increase of population from 1930 to 1940
48
Number of States

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The 1940 Census

Cost $67,527,000
Cost per Capita (cents) 51.1
Total Pages in Published Reports 58,400
Number of Enumerators 123,069
Census Bureau Director William Lane Austin
Number of Questions on the Questionnaire N/A
Number of Questions on the Long Form N/A

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10 Largest Urban Places

Rank
Place
Population
1
New York City, NY 7,454,995
2
Chicago, IL 3,396,808
3
Philadelphia, PA 1,931,334
4
Detroit, MI 1,623,452
5
Los Angeles, CA 1,504,277
6
Cleveland, OH 878,336
7
Baltimore, MD 859,100
8
St. Louis, MO 816,048
9
Boston, MA 770,816
10
Pittsburgh, PA 671,659

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Pop Culture

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  • Marvel Comics introduces superhero Captain America in March 1941.
  • After approximately 14 years, carving at Mount Rushmore concludes in October 1941.
  • Diarist Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the "Achterhuis" on July 6, 1942, in Amsterdam.
  • Walt Disney wins a 1943 Academy Award for his animated short film Der Fuehrer's Face.
  • Band leader Alton Glenn Miller disappears while enroute to Paris, France, December 15, 1944.
  • Department stores begin selling Tupperware® in 1946.
  • Charles Yeager becomes the first man to break the sound barrier on October 14, 1947, flying the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 ft.
  • NASCAR® holds its first modified stock car race in Daytona Beach, FL, in 1948.
  • George Orwell publishes Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949.

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