Looking back 75 years ago


In June 1946, Arkansas’ electric co-ops continued the rural electrification of the state after World War II greatly slowed the movement. Later that year, in November, the co-ops also launched the Arkansas REA News, which later became Rural Arkansas and now Arkansas Living, to help keep their members informed about the co-ops and rural electrification. Each month, as part of our celebration of the magazine’s 75th year, we are taking a look back at 1946. Here are some fun facts about that year:

  • The U.S. life expectancy for men was 64.4 years and 69.4 years for women.
  • The Chicago Bears were National Football League champions, while the St. Louis Cardinals won the baseball World Series. 
  • The top pop music artists included: The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee and Arkansas’ Louis Jordan.
  • Men’s neckties cost $1.50.
  • Tupperware, developed by Earl Tupper, was introduced to U.S. consumers.