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"In 1945 The Andrews Sisters appropriated the song "Rum and Coca-Cola", which had originally been recorded by Jamaican musician Lord Invader. The Andrews Sisters' version sparked a new fad for this infectious new style, calypso. The craze reached its apex of popularity in the mid-1950s with the release of the hugely successful Harry Belafonte single "Banana Boat Song" and Belafonte's million-selling 1956 LP Calypso. Calypso also had a strong influence on the mainstream folk music boom of the late Fifties and early Sixties, which in turn became one of the major springboards for the development of world music as a genre."--Sholem Stein

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

1945 (MCMXLV) was the 945th year of the 2nd millennium, the 45th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1940s decade. This year also marks the end of the Second World War, the deadliest conflict in human history.


Art and culture

  • The end of World War II and the public disclosure of the Holocaust atrocities
  • Paragraph 175: when concentration camps were liberated, gays were not freed but made to serve out their sentence under Paragraph 175
  • Adolf Hitler committs suicide as Russian shells exploded in the Chancellery garden above. It was twelve years and three months since he had become dictator of Germany.
  • Vannevar Bush foresees the invention of hypertext



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