1950s Pop History – 1958

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Fifties Pop HistoryBy now, more than 45 million American households have television sets.
The 1950sThe John Birch Society, a radical anti-Communist organization, is created in the U.S.
Fifties Pop HistoryDr. Zhivago is published in the US. Banned in the USSR, Zhivago won author Boris Pasternak the Nobel Prize which he was forced to decline due to political forces at home.
The 1950sThe price of 1st class US postage is raised to 4¢ from 3¢ where it had been for 26 years. Hard to believe – only a penny in 26 years!
Fifties Pop HistoryCharles de Gaulle becomes premier of France, a position he will hold until 1969.
The 1950sThe Jolly Green Giant appears on TV with less than stellar results! In his first incarnation he looks like a monster which scares kids. So they lightened him up and added “Ho, ho, ho” and the lilting “Good things from the garden” song.
Fifties Pop HistoryModern consumer credit is born. The American Express Company introduces a charge card meant to compete with the successful Diners Club card. The Bank of American introduces the BankAmericard, which will become the Visa card.
The 1950sCrest toothpaste inaugurates the “Look, Ma! No cavities!” ad campaign.
Fifties Pop HistoryEighteen-year-old Frank Carney sees a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the “pizza fad” among teenagers and college students. With $600 borrowed from his mother, he opens the first Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kan.
The 1950sOn the Air! You’d find 3,156 AM radio, 537 FM radio and 492 TV Stations.
Fifties Pop History31.3% of all domestic passenger travel was by railroad; 27.7% by bus; and 38% by air.
The 1950s30.6% of all advertising dollars are spent on newspapers – 13.3% on TV. Complete allocation of ad dollars.
Fifties Pop HistoryIt’s Here! The Hula Hoop! For more, see the FADS section.
The 1950sSweet n’ Low is introduced as an artificial Sweetener, using saccharin instead of sugar. Sweet’N Low received U.S. trademark patent no. 1,000,000.
Fifties Pop HistoryUP & International News Service merge into United Press International
The 1950sVice President Richard Nixon is shoved, stoned, booed & spat upon by protesters in Peru as he makes a goodwill tour of South and Latin American.
Fifties Pop HistoryAnd the winner is…Oscar stuff.
The 1950sNASA is created and Explorer is launched. A big year for the US in the Space Race.
Fifties Pop HistoryRIAA awards the very first Gold record – to Perry Como. Some gold album stats.
The 1950sThe first ever Grammy Awards! see the winners
Fifties Pop HistoryIn Sports…
The 1950sSterophonic recordings, which use two separately recorded channels of sound to recreate a sense of space, come into commercial use. Now this is progress!
Fifties Pop HistoryFriskees introduces the first dry cat food
The 1950sPope Pius XII declares Saint Clare of Assisi patron saint of television. Her placement on the television set is said to guarantee good reception. Maybe I should send one to my cable operator.
Fifties Pop History Pope Pius XII dies.  Angelo G Roncalli crowned Pope John XXIII.
The 1950sHarry Winston, Inc. donates the 45.52 carat Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution.
Fifties Pop HistoryThis is the peak year for drive-in movies with 4,063 outdoor screens nationwide.
The 1950sIn the worst recession since World War II, nearly 5.5 million people are out of work.
Fifties Pop History400 million frozen pot pies are sold in the U.S. There’s a statistic you won’t see just anywhere.
The 1950sThe first women are admitted to the British House of Lords. Oh, jolly good!
Fifties Pop HistoryBill and Mark Richards of Dana Point, CA, invented the first skateboard. They attached rollerskate wheels to a square board and sold them at their Val Surf Shop for $8 each.
The 1950sThe first domestic jet-airline passenger service is begun by National Airlines between New York City and Miami.
Fifties Pop History9,000 scientists of 43 nations petition UN for nuclear test ban.
The 1950sPrime commercial paper (4 to 6 mos) was at 2.46%. In New York City a commercial loan ran 4.12%
Fifties Pop HistoryPulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for his book Death in the Family Buy the book!
The 1950sAir Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, CO. The all male facility won’t go co-ed unto 1976.
Fifties Pop HistoryMao Tse tung starts “Great leap forward” movement in China
The 1950sCharles Starkweather and Caril Fugate go on their killing spree.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe nuclear submarine Nautilus traverses the North Pole under the polar icecap.
The 1950sThe National Association of Broadcasters bans subliminal ads. Read the important story.
Fifties Pop HistoryCocoa Krispies breakfast food is introduced by the Kellogg Company; it’s 45.9% sugar.
The 1950sThis year in the Civil Rights movement.
Fifties Pop HistoryThere is a 55.9% business failure rate.Chart for 1946-1964
The 1950sThe Chevrolet Impala is introduced!
Fifties Pop HistoryDr Ake Senning installs the first pacemaker.
The 1950sThere are 36,981 motor vehicle related deaths. While in the air, there were 8 accidents resulting in 125 fatalities.
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 6.8%
Fifties Pop HistoryU.S. GNP (Gross National Product) is $468.3 billion