1950 Census, Amazon Labor Union, and the World’s Richest People 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, April 2, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the full release of 1950 census data, a vote for the first Amazon labor union, and much more. Have feedback? We'd love to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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1950 Census Data Unveiled

The US National Archives yesterday released a batch of census records from 1950, shedding light on the life of more than 150 million Americans at the midpoint of the 20th century and after World War II. The records were kept private under federal rules, restricting public access for 72 years.


The 1950 census is one of the last of its kind, with more than 20 detailed questions asked of every person. The data span 6.4 million digitized pages and include names, ages, addresses, as well as answers to questions about ancestry, the kinds of toilets and kitchen sinks families had, and more. Census forms from later decades were eventually changed to ask fewer questions, with the 2010 census asking ten and the 2020 census asking only nine. The detailed questions give historians and genealogists an unprecedented look at the personal dynamics, relationships, and sentiments of society at the time. 


About 26 million Americans living in 1950 are still alive, according to online genealogy platform My Heritage. 


See the full census data here, and see a visual evolution of the census here.



Red Cross to try to evacuate residents from Mariupol today.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it would try to reach the besieged Ukrainian city for evacuations today after its attempt failed Friday. Separately, Russia claimed yesterday that Ukraine attacked an oil depot in its territory. Ukraine officials denied involvement. 


Amazon workers vote for company's first unionized warehouse.

Thousands of employees at Amazon's warehouse in Staten Island voted to join a union Friday. By voting in a union, employees have the power to challenge Amazon's labor practices, which have been scrutinized. 


Pope apologizes to Indigenous people for Canadian abuse.

Pope Francis apologized to Indigenous leaders Friday for the abuses Indigenous children suffered while in Canada's Catholic-run residential schools from the 19th century to the 1970s. 


US unemployment continues to fall as jobs are added.

The unemployment rate in March fell to 3.6%, down from 3.8% in February. The rate is the lowest since the pandemic started two years ago and is just above the half-century low of 3.5% in late 2019. Employers also added 431,000 jobs.  


White House press secretary Jen Psaki plans to leave post.

Psaki is reportedly in talks to join MSNBC as a show host on NBCUniversal's streaming platform, Peacock. The move follows Symone Sanders, a former adviser and spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, who joined MSNBC in January.


Final brackets set for 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The US will face off against either Scotland, Wales, or Ukraine, then England, followed by Iran. The FIFA Men's World Cup is scheduled to begin Nov. 21.

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> $40M: The value of the electronics a former Yale administrator stole from the university's school of medicine. Jamie Petrone, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts, one for wire fraud and one for a tax offense.


> ~$14M: The value of the amount of syrup a man stole and sold from the

Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld a fine of about $7M for Richard Vallières and sentenced him to eight years in prison.


> 161,692: The estimated pounds of Skippy Peanut Butter recalled because some jars may contain stainless steel from a piece of manufacturing equipment. 


> 170: The number of times a Japanese robot jumped rope in a minute. Ricoh, an imaging and electronics company, won the Guinness World Record for most skips by a robot in 60 seconds.


> 130: The number of treehouses that will spread across 40 acres for a new Sanctuary Treehouse Resort in the Great Smoky Mountains. About six to 10 units will be available this summer, with the goal of 30 by the end of 2023. 



> Gordon Ramsay sends a chef to help short-staffed middle school kitchen. (More)


> America's oldest park ranger retires at 100. (More)


> A mother and son duo turn their grief into Grammy-nominated albums. (More)


> A photographer captures stunning everyday moments of her five children. (More


> A high school student raises more than $13K to help his best friend who was paralyzed after a football accident. (More)


> A teenager buys a cafe she has been waitressing at for four years. (More)


> Eating at least two servings of avocados per week is linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease. (More)

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Today, we're sharing a story of kindness from reader Elise B. in Atlanta, Georgia.


"My four-year-old and I go grocery shopping together every Friday after I pick her up from school. We have a favorite checkout clerk named Lamont. He always gives my daughter a long strip of stickers and knows us by name. This past week we loaded our groceries on the conveyor belt only for me to realize that I had forgotten my wallet at home. (Being 8-months pregnant right now, I’m forgetting a lot!) When Lamont heard my dilemma, he said, 'Don’t worry. We’ll figure it out.' He offered to pay for my groceries with his own debit card and let me repay him with one of the cash apps on my phone. His thoughtfulness saved me so much time and energy ... I cannot express how appreciative I felt for such a kindness."  

What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us your story.




> Visualizing the world's richest people.

> It's cherry blossom season in Japan.



> Researchers decipher the manatee's hidden language.


> A curious owl's extreme close-up on a weather camera.

> The evolution of smartphone night photography.

An architect breaks down the mansions in Netflix's "Bridgerton."
> Food wars: Burger King in the US versus Japan.


Long Read 

> Online shopping in the middle of the ocean

> The gardens that survived for centuries.


Best of the Week: America's most stressful states.

Historybook: Danish author Hans Christian Andersen born (1805); RIP Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse code (1872); Walter Chrysler, founder of American Chrysler Corp., born (1875); HBD actress Linda Hunt (1945); HBD actor Pedro Pascal (1975); Mob boss John Gotti convicted of murder (1992).


"The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things."

- Hans Christian Andersen

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