1950s Pop History – 1953

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Fifties Pop HistoryChevrolet begins to roll out plastic-bodied Corvettes. Read MoreBook – Corvette Fifty Years
The 1950sDr. John H. Gibbon performs the first successful open heart surgery in which the blood is artificially circulated and oxygenated by a heart-lung machine
Fifties Pop HistoryNew York adopts three color traffic lights.
The 1950sEdmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay become the first humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Fifties Pop HistoryPlayboy Magazine begins publication, featuring nudes of Marilyn Monroe in its first issue
The 1950sThe Church of Scientology is founded by L. Ron Hubbard, a science-fiction writer.
Fifties Pop HistoryUniversity of Minnesota physiologist Ancel Keys points out a correlation between coronary heart disease and diets high in animal fats. Also know as “The Day the Pork Rines Died.”
The 1950sTV Guide is born. A pictoral essay of Year 1.
Fifties Pop HistorySugar Smacks, 56 percent sugar, is introduced by Kelloggs.
The 1950sEast Berliners rise against Communist rule. The Soviets roll tanks into city. End of discussion.
Fifties Pop HistoryOn the Air! You’d find 2,357 AM radio, 616 FM radio and 125 TV Stations.
The 1950sTito becomes president of Yugoslavia.
Fifties Pop HistoryJoseph Stalin dies at the age of 73. He will not be missed.
The 1950sEthel and Julius Rosenberg, convicted in 1951 of selling American atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, are executed June 9.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe first 3-D movie is shown: Arch Oboler’s Bwana Devil, starring Robert Stack. Learn More
The 1950sThe Academy Awards are televised for the first time. And the winner is…Oscar stuff.
Fifties Pop HistoryFrancis Crick and James Watson discover the “double helix” of DNA.
The 1950s46.4% of all domestic passenger travel was by railroad; 28.9% by bus; and 21.6% by air.
Fifties Pop HistoryCon-Tact paper!
The 1950sThe French Sardine Co. (in existence since 1917) becomes Star-Kist Foods. Charlie will appear in 1961.
Fifties Pop HistoryIn Sports…
The 1950sBaseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Koreafor more sports or 1953 in sports
Fifties Pop HistoryGen George C Marshall wins Nobel Peace Prize
The 1950sJacqueline Bouvier marries John F Kennedy
Fifties Pop HistoryDr. Jonas Salk announces discovery of the vaccine for poliomyelitis
The 1950sIan Fleming publishes the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.
Fifties Pop HistoryGovenor Earl Warren of California is named Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, a position he would hold until 1969.
The 1950sThe Tuskegee Institute announces that 1953 is the second year in a row in which there were no lynchings. Some statistic.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe Department of Health, Education and Welfare is established with Cabinet status. Oveta Culp Hobby is sworn in as Secretary, only the second woman in history to achieve this rank. (Frances Perkins under FDR was the first.)
The 1950sThe farm population is down 239,000 over a two year period and now stands at 24,819,000.
Fifties Pop HistoryDag Hammarskjold chosen as secretary-general of UN
The 1950sJacqueline Cochrane, USA is the first woman to break sound barrier. You go girl!
Fifties Pop HistoryUS district Judge Grim, rules NFL can black out TV home games
The 1950sSupreme Court rules Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws (7-2) as it is a sport not a business. On what planet?
Fifties Pop HistoryWalt Disney’s “Peter Pan” released
The 1950sChuck Yeager reaches Mach 2.43 (2,575 kph) in Bell X-1A rocket plane Buy his Autobiography
Fifties Pop HistoryWhite Rose Redi-tea is the world’s first instant iced tea.
The 1950sHowdy Doody tumbler from Welch’s More
Fifties Pop HistoryPrime commercial paper (4 to 6 mos) was at 2.52%. In New York City a commercial loan ran 3.47%
The 1950sIrish Coffee is introduced at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe at the foot of Hyde Street Hill on the Beach Street cable line. Want the recipe?
Fifties Pop HistoryDow Chemical creates Saran Wrap
The 1950sTo counteract the threat of television,Hollywood thinks big and develops wide-screen processes such as CinemaScope, first seen in The Robe.
Fifties Pop HistoryThere is a 33.2% business failure rate.Chart for 1946-1964
The 1950sKraft Cheez Whiz is introduced as a shortcut for homemakers making Welsh rarebit. More
Fifties Pop HistoryThere are 26,000,000 TV sets in 28,000,000 homes.
The 1950s“A Stillness at Appomattox” by Bruce Catton is published, along with “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.
Fifties Pop HistoryThere are 37,955 motor vehicle related deaths. While in the air, there were 6 accidents resulting in 88 fatalities.
The 1950sUnemployment is 2.9%
Fifties Pop HistoryUS GNP (Gross National Product) is $378.0 billion
The 1950sAlthough not commercially available until 1958, WD40 was invented for the areospace industry