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This decade on Earth was marked by the Second World War. Germany under Nazi rule had fronts against England and the USSR. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USA entered the War from which they emerged victorious and were established as a world superpower for centuries to come. Harry S. Truman became president after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt and remained in office during the decade. In alternate timelines the outcome was radically different, with Nazi Germany conquering much of the world.

The end of WWII was followed by the Earth Cold War, which lasted until the late-1980s.

Not surprisingly, scientific breakthroughs on Earth are centered on warfare, such as heavy water experiments, the atomic bomb (utilizing the principles of nuclear fission and/or nuclear fusion) and the V-2 rocket.

In the field of art and entertainment, the films For Whom the Bell Tolls and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein were released, along with stories featuring Dixon Hill. Songs written in this era include Moonlight Becomes You, How High the Moon, My Old Flame, Out of Nowhere, Let's Get Away from It All, It Can't Be Wrong, That Old Black Magic and You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You.

Timetravellers who visited Earth during that time, caused the Roswell Incident.

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