1950s Pop History – 1959

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Fifties Pop HistoryDanny’s Coffee Shops are renamed Dennys.
The 1950sThe John Birch Society, a radical anti-Communist organization, is created in the U.S.
Fifties Pop HistoryPantyhose, which give women the look of stockings without garters, garter-belts, or corsets, are introduced. By a man, no doubt.
The 1950sFebruary 3, 1959. A plane crash kills singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper.)Read about the Day the Music Died
Fifties Pop HistoryLee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to US. If only he had meant it.
The 1950sThe Nikon F 35-mm. single-lens reflex camera is introduced by Nippon Kogaku K.K.
Fifties Pop HistoryShe’s here! BARBIE!    shhhh… don’t tell Ken but she’s turned 50!
The 1950sU.S. supermarkets number 32,000 and account for 69 percent of all food store sales although they comprise only 11 percent of food stores.
Fifties Pop HistoryNew York’s Four Seasons restaurant and The Brasserie open in the new Seagram Building.
The 1950sNew Best Friends. Iran & US sign economic treaty. Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty. Israeli Knesset agrees to weapon sales to West Germany.
Fifties Pop HistorySouth Africa decides not to introduce any television. The decision will stand for 16 years. Guess they’ll have to catch Lucy on reruns.
The 1950sOn the Air! You’d find 3,287AM radio, 578 FM radio and 509 TV Stations.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe book Lady Chatterly’s Lover banned by the U.S. Postal Service. Buy:Lady Chatterly’s Lover
The 1950s31.7% of all advertising dollars are spent on newspapers – 13.7% on TV. Complete allocation of ad dollars.
Fifties Pop HistoryHurray for Jiffy Pop!
The 1950sSwimmer Esther Williams gets her own Wheaties box! Read her autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid
Fifties Pop History“Think Small” campaign from Volkwagon. In 1999 Advertising Age picked this as the number one ad campaign of the century! Must of worked because VW will sell 120,000 cars in the U.S. this year, which is four times the number sold in 1955.
The 1950s
Maxwell House inaugurates the “Good to the last drop” ad campaign.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe BIC ballpoint pen is introduced in America!
The 1950sAnd the winner is…Oscar stuff.
Fifties Pop HistoryOne billionth can of Spam sold. Remember, you heard it here first.
The 1950sThe second annual Grammy Awards! read who won…
Fifties Pop HistoryBriefly In Sports…
The 1950sSpace monkeys Able and Baker boldly go where no monkey (or human) has gone before
Fifties Pop HistoryThe space monkeys (above) paved the way for humans. This year, NASA picks the Mercury Astronauts, 7 guys with the “right stuff.”
The 1950sAfter 13 years as a colony of Britain, Singapore becomes a self-governing republic on June 3 under Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Fifties Pop HistoryOn February 3, Alaska is admitted to statehood. Followed by Hawaii on August 21. For about a year in between America had a 49 star flag.
The 1950sAmericans will spend $1.2 billion on books in a year in which 14,876 new ones are published.
Fifties Pop HistoryA sad number. 1.25 million Americans have now died in car accidents, which is more American than have died in war.
The 1950sConfederate Walter Williams is the last veteran of the Civil War to die. Albert Woolson, the last Union soldier of the Civil War died in 1956.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe average American worker earns $91.53 a week.
The 1950sOklahoma repeals their 51 year old Prohibition law leaving Mississippi the only “dry” state in America.
Fifties Pop HistoryBonanza debuts on TV. The Fifties Web TV Western Pages as does the Twilight Zone.
The 1950sThe microchip is invented by Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce of the U.S. A host of products using miniaturized electronics will be produced in the next few years.
Fifties Pop HistoryAnthropologist Louis S.B. Leakey’s wife Mary discovers bone and tool fragments in the Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, Africa. These suggest that Australopithecine Man lived more than 1.75 million years ago. The find greatly increases scientists’ estimates of humankind’s history.
The 1950sThe Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White is published. This book remains the “bible” for writing skills. Buy the book.
Fifties Pop HistoryThe Guggenheim opens in New York City.
The 1950sPulitzer prize awarded to James Agee for Death in the Family Buy the book!
Fifties Pop HistoryThe Sound of Music staring Mary Martin opens on Broadway.Buy the Broadway cast CD or Buy the movie cast CD.
The 1950sMetrecal is introduced by the 59-year-old Mead Johnson Company of Evansville, Ind. as a weight reducing aid. It will be the forerunner of all other dietary products such as SlimFast and others.
Fifties Pop History12 nations sign treaty for the scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
The 1950sPresbyterian church accepts women preachers. Now that’s progress!
Fifties Pop HistoryThere is a 51.8% business failure rate.Chart for 1946-1964
The 1950sGroucho, Chico & Harpo Marx’s final TV appearance together – on G.E. Theater with host Ronald Reagan
Fifties Pop HistoryWalt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released.
The 1950sJapanese-Americans who renounced their citizenship in 1942 when they were placed in American prison camps under Executive Order 9066 regain full citizenship May 20 but receive no compensation for the losses they incurred as a result of their relocation.
Fifties Pop HistoryFidel Castro gets control of Cuba.
The 1950sUnemployment is 6.8%
Fifties Pop HistoryU.S. GNP (Gross National Product) is $503.5 billion