1950s Pop History – 1957

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Fifties Pop HistoryThere are 47,200,000 TV sets in use in 39,500,000 homes
The 1950sGeneral Foods Corp. introduces TANG breakfast beverage crystals.
Fifties Pop HistoryBarry Gordy, Jr. invests $700 to found “Motown Records.” And the rest, as they say… is history.
The 1950sVelcro is patented by George de Mestral of Switzerland.
Fifties Pop HistoryGreyhound inaugurates the “It’s such a comfort to take the bus and leave the driving to us” ad campaign.
The 1950sThe 13-year-old Bobby Fisher becomes a chess champion.
Fifties Pop HistoryMajor John Glenn, Jr. sets an air speed record by traveling from California to New York in a jet in 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 8.4 seconds.
The 1950s It’s here! The Pink Flamingo! Read the story!
Fifties Pop HistoryHouston, we have a problem…Sputnik is launched.
The 1950sAFL-CIO votes to expel the Teamsters, which was readmitted in October 1987.
Fifties Pop HistoryOn the Air! You’d find 2,974 AM radio, 530 FM radio and 471 TV Stations.
The 1950sMusic Man, starring Robert Preston, opens on Broadway. Buy the Movie on DVD or Buy the Movie Cast on CD.
Fifties Pop HistoryWest Side Story, the energetic combination of talents, Leonard Bernstein (music), Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) and Jerome Robbins (choreography) opens on Broadway. Buy the Movie on DVD or Buy the Movie Cast on CD.
The 1950sBritian becomes the 3rd nation to join the “nuclear club” with the explosion of an atomic weapon.
Fifties Pop HistoryAnthony Eden resigns and Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister Britain
The 1950sMore news from Merry Ole England. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower at the White House. Talk about your fun crowd…
Fifties Pop HistoryEd Gein’s killing and mutilation spree is over as he is arrested. Gein was the inspiration for Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. Read more on Ed Gein.
The 1950sEveready produces “AA” size alkaline batteries for use in “personal transistor radios.”
Fifties Pop HistoryAnd the winner is…Oscar stuff.
The 1950sGhana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from UK as does Malayasia (formerly Malaya).
Fifties Pop HistoryJackie Robinson, perhaps the finest athelete of the century, announced his retirement from baseball
The 1950sMore In Sports…
Fifties Pop HistoryElizabeth Taylor’s 2nd divorce (from Michael Wilding) and 3rd marriage (to Mike Todd)
The 1950sSingers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas.
Fifties Pop HistoryPlease Don’t Eat the Daises by Jean Kerr is a book smash!
The 1950sJames Hoffa gains control of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Fifties Pop HistoryThe Frisbee is renamed and nationally marketed!
The 1950sOne thousand computers are sold. And not one of them had a Windows operating system. Imagine that.
Fifties Pop HistoryChairman Mao of China implements his “Great Leap Forward” which places 1 million Chinese in communes.
The 1950sChairman Mao of China implements his “Great Leap Forward” which places 1 million Chinese in communes.
Fifties Pop HistoryOn September 4, the last game is played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn as the Dodgers prepare to move to LA. On February 23 of 1960, they tear the stadium down. Days that will live in infamy!
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The 1950sWagon Train debuts on TV. The Wagon Train Website. Also, Have Gun Will Travel, Tales of Wells Fargo and Maverick. The Fifties Web Western Section.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe National Geographic announces that it has found the resting place of the H.M.S. Bounty.
The 1950sAmerican Bandstand goes national with Dick Clark as host. The Fifties Web American Bandstand Pages.
Fifties Pop HistorySenator Joseph McCarthy dies of cirrhosis of the liver. Good riddance.
The 1950s5,000 new products wil hit the supermarket shelves, including YES YES YES – frozen pizza.
Fifties Pop HistoryAt a Miami radio station, new employee Lawrence Harvey Zeiger abruptly adopts a stage name – Larry King – and begins broadcasting.
The 1950sTheodore Geisel writes Cat in the Hat as Dr. Seuss! Buy:The Cat In The Hat on DVD
Fifties Pop HistoryI can’t believe it isn’t…Margarine sales take the lead over butter.
The 1950sTreaty of Rome establishes European Economic Community (Common Market)