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1945 HAPPENINGS

MUSIC

Benjamin Britten writes "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"
The 12th Los Angeles Bach Festival is held.  Arthur Leslie Jacobs conducting
Los Angeles audiences are treated to an appearance at the Philharmonic Auditorium by Vladimir Horowitz.  He is greeted by an overflow audience.
Opera lovers attending the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles were treated to a concert by Lily Pons, Jan Peerce and Ivan Petroff.  Ms. Pons  had just returned from a tour of our military bases overseas, doing her part for the war effort.
UCLA concert goers flock to hear Yehudi Menuhin, one of the outstanding violinists of his day.
Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" is performed for the first time at London's Sadler's Wells theater.
Béla Bartok dies
Anton Webern dies

POLITICS

World War II ends .  Due to nationalistic sentiments among the peoples of Asia, a call for independence gradually forces the British, French, and Dutch colonial regimes out of the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), French Indochina (aka Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos), British Malaya (Malaysia) and British India (aka India, Burma, Pakistan and Laos.)  Mass migrations result
The War Brides act allows Chinese American returning servicemen  to bring back their China-born wives.  Many of these relationships began while these men were fighting in Asia.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies
Germany surrenders
Hitler commits suicide
US drops the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing and maiming thousands in an effort to end the war.
United Nations is founded

POINTS OF INTEREST

The first computer is built
The microwave oven is invented

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