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1934Europe • Germany 
Leni Riefenstahl
Poster for the film "Triumph des Willens" 
Nuremberg Nazi Party rally headed by Adolf Hitler. Leni Riefenstahl films the rally and makes it into the propaganda film Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens) which comes out in 1935. (9 May 1934)
1937Europe • SpainPablo Picasso (18811973) paints Guernica that commemorates the German bombing of the Basque town during the Spanish Civil War.
1938North America • USAThe full length cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is shown.
1938Europe • SpainGeorge Orwell publishes Homage to Catalonia
1939North America • USAThe film The Wizard of Oz is released.
1939North America • USAJohn Steinbeck publishes The Grapes of Wrath
1939North America • USAThe film Gone with the Wind is released.
1942North America • USAEdward Hopper paints Nighthawks
1943North America • USAThe film Casablanca is released.
1945Europe • Great BritainGeorge Orwell publishes Animal Farm.
1949North America • USAArthur Miller play Death of a Salesman opens.
1949Europe • France 
Jean Manzon
Front cover for "Paris Match" No. 147 
1952, 12 January
Paris Match is founded as a quality weekly using extensive photo-reportage. (March 1949)
1951North America • USAJ. D. Salinger publishes The Catcher in the Rye
1951Europe • Great BritainThe Festival of Britain is held to mark to centennial of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
1953GlobalJames Watson and Francis Crick announce that DNA has the form of a double helix and go on to receive the Nobel prize for their work. Their work is partially based on the 1952 work of Rosalind Franklin who had produced x-ray evidence and notes on the DNA molecule.

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