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Joe Biden this month and in the 1970s
Joe Biden this month and in the 1970s
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Joe Biden Turns 80 This Month. What Was Life Like In 1942?

Joe Biden turns 80-years-old this month. Let’s take a look at what life was like when he was born.

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News publications are already publishing gushing essays now that Joe Biden is set to turn 80 in less than 10 days, on November 20, 1942.

Biden, the oldest man to serve in the White House, will be 82-years-old if he runs for reelection and wins. Hypothetically, he would be 86 when leaving the White House at the end of his second term.

The previous record holder was President Ronald Reagan, who left office at 77 – the same age Biden was when he ascended to the White House – and was widely criticized by contemporaries for his advanced age.

Rather than collate a medley of quick facts from Biden’s lengthy life, or offer a questionable reflection on his chances for 2024, Valiant News will instead treat our readers to a number of popular songs, movies, and cultural moments from the year Biden was born: 1942.

Break out your phonograph and Ella Fitzgerald records, because it’s time to party.

Music

On November 20, 1942, the most popular song on the radio was “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby, which was recorded for the first time in May of that year.

That’s right, Biden is about five months younger than one of the most well known Christmas songs in the American lexicon.

Prior to that timeless hit, the most popular tune on the public airwaves was “(I’ve Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

That song is widely considered the best piece of music released in 1942, and it went on to win an award the next year, when Biden was still likely breastfeeding.

Cinema

The highest grossing movie of 1942 was “Bambi.” That’s right, Biden is roughly the same age as the Disney film that still teaches children about death – maybe a little too early – to this very day. It was the fifth animated movie in the history of Disney.

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Behind that movie, however, are names that many will find less recognizable.

Far behind “Bambi,” which grossed more than $70 million, were “Mrs. Miniver” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Still showing in theaters as late as 1942, the “Gone With The Wind” movie from 1939 managed to net over $3 million during the year of Biden’s birth.

Television

Though television was very much in its infancy during the year of Joe Biden’s birth, there were some notable achievements.

For example, WRGB went on the air in New York for the first time. That station remains on the air, with its original call letters, 80 years later.

1942 was the year “CBS Television News” began broadcasting, and it continues delivering news to TV viewers today.

Many older readers will remember one characteristic of television in these days: It ended.

At night, a message appeared on screen and the Star Spangled Banner played, letting viewers know that television viewing hours were over, and often letting children know it was time for bed.

Though it’s difficult to find an 80-year-old example of such a TV sign off, these were made during Biden’s teen and young adult years:

Sports

In football, the Washington Redskins won 14-6 over the Chicago Bears, and the Rose Bowl had to be canceled due to the Second World War.

In baseball, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave players and teams the green light to play despite the war, though he did encourage games to be played at night so Americans working on the war effort could attend.

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The Cubs, in a show of solidarity with the American people, canceled their plans to install electric lights at Wrigley Field to allow the military to use the materials. They didn’t get new lights for more than 40 years.

The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series.

Cost of Living

Money was more valuable in 1942, as it was long before the inflation that plagued the Carter and Biden years. Here are some examples:

• A house cost about $3,755
• A new car cost about $920
• A movie ticket was $0.30
• A postage stamp cost $0.03
• A loaf of bread cost $0.09
• A semester at Harvard University was $420

And the average American income? $1,885.

Politics

President Roosevelt was serving his second to last term when Biden was born, and he would be elected again in 1944, serving until his death in 1945.

The 1942 United States elections, midterm elections held just days before Biden’s birth, saw Republicans pick up seats in both chambers, probably as Americans were concerned about Roosevelt’s decision to seek a third term.

Democrats lost 45 seats in the U.S. House, and eight seats in the U.S. Senate. Voter turnout was 33.9%.

Internationally, the United States was at war with Japan and Germany. Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Happy birthday, Joe Biden!

We hope, somehow, the 80-year-old White House resident enjoyed this retrospective on how American life has changed since he was born and almost immediately began working in politics those eight decades ago.

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Tom Pappert is the Editor-in-Chief of Valiant News. He has worked in political news and commentary since 2015, when he began supporting Trump on a left wing college campus. You can follow him on Twitter @realTomPappert, on Gab @realGodEmperorTrump, on Facebook at Tom Pappert, or see his other social media by visiting tompappert.com. Tips can be sent securely to [email protected].

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    Drosack

    November 11, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    All those wasted years…gets some power and hurts the country, just wow.

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      Vanessa Brown

      November 11, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      [ 𝑱𝑶𝑰𝑵 𝑼𝑺 ] 𝑰 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒅 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 $260 𝑼𝑺𝑫 𝒕𝒐 $1200 𝑼𝑺𝑫 𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝑯𝑶𝑼𝑹 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆. 𝑰 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒋𝒐𝒃 3 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒋𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝑰 𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 $21,000 𝑼𝑺𝑫 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒔. 𝑱𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒕 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒆 …
      𝑯𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒅𝒐…………>>> 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐉𝐨𝐛𝟐𝟒𝟕.𝐜𝐨𝐦

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    Rick

    November 11, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    I loved the entire moments of Content Tom. I was born 11/20/1943.
    What We are watching with Biden and his ilk is the final Destruction
    of America as We know it. Coming from Massachusetts I certainly grew
    up in Kennedy Country when it was. But today my home state is almost
    unrecognizable. Just think it only took 60 years and the biggest Political Theft to Seal the Deal. Just between you and Me I’ve had the
    same Brain Surgery as Joe and am really quite sharp and Joe Oh well
    Great Info Tom and flashback.

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    Rick

    November 11, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Joe was brain dead years ago. If it weren’t for politics, he would be homeless.

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    CPO Bill

    November 11, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    He was born that way!

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    CharlieSeattle

    November 18, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Quid Pro Joe Xiden was stupid before he became senile. The transition was barely perceptible.

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