1950s Pop History – 1954

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Fifties Pop HistoryThe World Series is broadcast in color for the first time. NY Giants defeat Cleveland (4-0)
The 1950sRobert Joffrey Ballet debuts.
Fifties Pop HistoryIBM announces the development of an electronic brain for business use. Named it Bill Gates – nah, just kidding.
The 1950sSports Illustrated is born! See the first cover.
Fifties Pop HistoryAnother boon for sports fans – the first l6 oz beer can introduced by Schlitz, The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous!
The 1950s“Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit” by Adele Davis, was an early entry into the health food movement.
Fifties Pop HistoryA test program using sterilized males wipes out screwworm flies on the Caribbean island of Curacao in only 4 months. (I swear, I found that item in my research.)
The 1950sErnest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Fifties Pop HistoryFrench colonial rule in Vietnam weakens when Viet Minh rebels take Dien Bien Phu. Vietnam is divided into northern and southern regions.
The 1950sBrown v. Board of Education. Landmark school desegregation case. Excepts from the decision Also, About the Case.
Fifties Pop HistoryOn the Air! You’d find 2,487 AM radio, 560 FM radio and 349 TV Stations. (TV has doubled from 125 stations in 1953.)
The 1950sSenator Joseph McCarthy accelerates his anti-Communist witch hunt with the nationally televised Army-McCarthy Hearings and is formally censured by Congress.
Fifties Pop HistoryBaseball legend Hank Aaron begins his career by joining the Milwaukee Braves.
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The 1950sSun Myung Moon founds the Unification Church.
Fifties Pop HistoryWilliam Golding, who will proceed to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, publishes his tale of the dark side of human nature, The Lord of the Flies. Buy the Book
The 1950sRay Kroc gets his first look at the original McDonalds!
Fifties Pop HistoryHold the pickle! Hold the lettuce! The first Burger King opens.
The 1950sKraft introduces CRACKER BARREL® brand natural cheese.
Fifties Pop HistoryAnd the winner is…Oscar stuff.
The 1950sCatholic Church declares watching Mass on TV does not fulfill obligations. Oh, pooh!
Fifties Pop HistoryM&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies were introduced.Also, the universally loved M&M’s Brand Characters and the famous slogan, “The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand,” slogan debuted.
The 1950sThe Butterball brand and the self-basting turkey are introduced. Through genetics, Swift develops a broad-breasted bird without the tough tendons and uses a hot-water bath to remove feathers.
Fifties Pop HistoryA 1953 incident where Eisenhower’s aircraft was “Air Force 8610” and an Eastern Airlines plane was “8610” created the need to devise a unique call sign. In 1954, the call sign “Air Force One” was classified to identify not only the president’s plane, but any plane when he was aboard.
The 1950sIn Sports…
Fifties Pop HistoryJ. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is published. Buy the Book
The 1950sElvis Presley makes his first record. The Fifties Web Elvis Section.
Fifties Pop HistoryOf the 94 million phones in the world, 52 million of them are in the US.
The 1950sChain supermarkets now account for two fifths of the food sold retail.
Fifties Pop HistoryIwo Jima Flag Raising memorial Statue is erected. Each figure is 32 feet high. The flagpole is 60 feet in length. It’s the world’s tallest bronze statue. It’s stands 78 feet high. A cloth flag flies from the pole. The inscription reads: “Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue.”
The 1950sEllis Island, the immigration station in NY Harbor, is closed. Between 1892 and 1954, 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island.
Fifties Pop HistoryTrix, 46.6 percent sugar, is introducd by General Mills.
The 1950sThe first nuclear submarine, The Nautilus, is launched.
Fifties Pop HistoryFederal Trade Commission and cigarettes.
The 1950sBazooka Joe comics were first introduced.
Fifties Pop HistoryThere is a 42% business failure rate.Chart for 1946-1964
The 1950sA revolution in an aluminum tray! The TV Dinner. This is a good story!
Fifties Pop HistoryDr Sam Sheppard’s wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
The 1950sMy favorite – Play Doh.
Fifties Pop HistoryNash-Kelvinator and Hudson Motor Car Co. merge to form the American Motors Co.(AMC).
The 1950sPresident Eisenhower introduces the phrase “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance, changing the phrase “one nation, indivisible,” to “one nation, under God, indivisible.”
Fifties Pop HistoryThe first successful kidney transplant is performed in the U.S. by Harvard physicians. The patient will survive for seven more years.
The 1950sColonel Gamal Abdel Nasser seizes power in Egypt April 17. On October 19, Nasser signs a treaty with the British under which the British will withdraw from the Suez Canal Zone.
Fifties Pop HistoryCanada and the United States agree to build a 3000-mile-long array of radar warning stations across northern Canada (the DEW line – Distant Early Warning). The stations will warn the North American nations of airplanes or missiles approaching over the Arctic.
The 1950sDr. Roger Bannister of England becomes the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes on May 6. His time is 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds
Fifties Pop HistoryGeneral Electric introduces colored kitchen appliances. Bye, bye white!
The 1950sThere are 35,586 motor vehicle related deaths. While in the air, there were 3 accidents resulting in 16 fatalities. A good year to fly
Fifties Pop HistoryUnemployment is 5.6%
The 1950sU.S. GNP (Gross National Product) is $383.0 billion