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John Cantu

Birthday Report for January 5th, 1948

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Events of the Month for John Cantu  

When John Cantu entered the world, these stories made the front page of the nation's newspapers: Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated by a Hindu extremist. The 78-year-old Gandhi is shot as he is walking through his garden. After 62 years of British rule, Burma is granted independence. In Ottawa, Mackenzie King resigns as the prime minister of Canada. In France, Western Europe's largest dam is opened on the Rhone River. President Truman proposes that free, two-year community colleges be established for all who want to further their education. Truman prohibits airplanes from flying over atomic energy plants.  


Entertainment News for the year John Cantu was born

Audiences were applauding these developments in the entertainment industry when John Cantu was an infant. The first long playing records, LPs, are introduced this year and immediately become the industry standard. Judy Garland and Fred Astaire star in MGM's Easter Parade, featuring the song Easter Parade. Other songs coming across the air waves this Popular Music when John Cantu was born.are Buttons and Bows and You Call Everybody Darling.

Music for the year John Cantu was born.

When John Cantu was rocking in a cradle, these songs were topping the music charts: Back in 1948, the popular songs were: Buttons and Bows performed by Dinah Shore; It's Magic performed by Doris Day; Manana sung by Peggy Lee; as well as Nature Boy by Nat King Cole. Also topping the musical charts: Now Is the Hour by Bing Crosby; Twelfth Street Rag by Pee Wee Hunt; Woody Woodpecker by Kay Kyser; and the ever popular You Call Everbody Darling by Al Trace.

Movie News for the year John Cantu was born.

While John Cantu was discovering how to stand up, The Academy gave a standing ovation to these movies and actors: 'Hamlet'- Produced by Universal International won the Best Movie Academy Award in 1948. Also this year, the Academy Award for Best Actor went to Laurence Olivier for his role in 'Hamlet' and the Best Actress Award went to Jane Wyman for her role in 'Johnny Belinda'.

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