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The 1950s The U.S. Department of Agriculture formulates the four basic food groups. (I'm sure there would have been five - but Chicken McNuggets hadn't been invented yet.)
Fifties Pop History Federal minimum wage rises to $1
The 1950s At a Fourth of July family barbecue, Milton Levine dreams up the idea for the first Ant Farm, complete with live ants.
Fifties Pop History Yahtzee is born!
The 1950s Nate Sherman of Chicago establishes Midas and introduces the muffler guarantee - Hugh Landrum signs agreement to open first Midas Muffler shop in Macon, Georgia.
Fifties Pop History The Andrea Doria sinks.
The 1950s 200,000 Soviet troops and tanks crush anti-Communist uprisings in Hungary.
Fifties Pop History Budweiser Brewery introduces Busch beer
The 1950s As the World Turns and Edge of Night premiere.
Fifties Pop History On the Air! You'd find 2,790 AM radio, 540 FM radio and 442 TV Stations.
The 1950s Los Alamos Laboratory discovers the neutrino, an atomic particle with no electric charge.
Fifties Pop History Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a highly publicized Monte Carlo wedding on April 19. A pic of the Princess in her gown.
The 1950s At a reception in the Kremlin, Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev tells ambassadors from the West, "History is on our side. We will bury you!" A pic of their Nikita.
Fifties Pop History A busy year for Nikita - The Soviet Union sends troops and tanks to occupy Hungary to put down anti-Soviet protests. Why? Hungary is the best place from which to launch mid-range ballistic missiles and Soviets can't afford to let the natives think independence.
The 1950s Choosy mothers can now choose - Jif Peanut Butter! Some fun facts!
Fifties Pop History Dash laundry detergent - gets clothes cleaner than any other product especially made for automatic washers!
The 1950s President Eisenhower (R) is re-elected defeating Adlai E Stevenson (D).
Fifties Pop History And the winner is...Oscar stuff.
The 1950s Britain abolishes death penality.
Fifties Pop History Certs, the first candy breath mint, is introduced.
The 1950s Anti-protons detected in the atmosphere.
Fifties Pop History In Sports...
The 1950s Admiral George Dufek, as part of Operation Deep Freeze, is the first American to land an airplane at the South Pole.
Fifties Pop History My Fair Lady opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York and enjoyed a run of 2,717 performances over nine years. The original production featured Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins and Julie Andrews as Eliza. Buy on Movie DVD
The 1950s Wizard of Oz first aired on TV. Buy on Movie DVD
Fifties Pop History Elvis Presley makes his television debut on CBS Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show. The Fifties Web Elvis Pages
The 1950s The Dow Jones Industrial Average marks a new high - 500.24 points.
Fifties Pop History Here is something to think about while filing your online tax return; the after-tax income of the average American is $1700, up $63 from 1955. The average weekly take-home for a worker with three dependents is $74.04.
The 1950s Albert Woolson, the last Union soldier of the Civil War dies at age 109. The last Confederate soldier, Walter Williams will die in 1959.
Fifties Pop History And while we're on passings...Samuel J. Seymour , the last eyewitness to the death of Abraham Lincoln dies.
The 1950s Marilyn Monroe marries Arthur Miller.
Fifties Pop History Finally, a law is passed allowing the FBI to enter a kidnapping case 24 hours after the abduction. Before, it was local matter.
The 1950s A dollar buys only as much food in 1956 as 41¢ bought in 1939.
Fifties Pop History A big year as momentum builds in the quest for Civil Rights.
The 1950s The first transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation (Newfoundland-Scotland)
Fifties Pop History Americans exported 700 million cases of canned goods. And no doubt called it "cuisine."
The 1950s The gross national product is $408 billion.
Fifties Pop History 650,000 US steel workers go on strike.
The 1950s The La Leche League is founded in Illinois to encourage mothers to breast-feed their infants.
Fifties Pop History Israel captures Egyptian militay post at El-Thamad, Gaza, Sheham and the Straits of Tiran & reach Suez Canal in Egypt
The 1950s Last Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus under a canvas tent. Read the sad story.
Fifties Pop History By now, more than 80 percent of U.S. households have refrigerators. By contrast, only 8 percent of British households do.
The 1950s Clairol introduces the "Does She or Doesn't She" advertising campaign. "Only her hairdresser knows for sure." Wanna see the ads?
Fifties Pop History Bob Cousy (basketball), Bobby Lane (football) and Duke Snider (baseball) get their own Wheaties boxes!
for more sports or 1956 in sports
The 1950s Allen Ginsberg publishes Howl, which he had read the previous year at Berkeley. It will become a classic of the beat generation in American poetry and literature. "I've seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness."
Fifties Pop History There is a 48% business failure rate.Chart for 1946-1964
The 1950s The first commercial videotape recorder is introduced. The device is intended for industrial applications, and it quickly revolutionizes the way television programming is produced. Engineers race to produce a practical VCR for consumers.
Fifties Pop History The book, Peyton Place is published. A personal recollection. Also, BUY THE BOOK or BUY MOVIE ON DVD
The 1950s American will import 107,675 passenger cars.
Fifties Pop History There are 39,628 motor vehicle related deaths. While in the air, there were 6 accidents resulting in 152 fatalities.
The 1950s Unemployment is 4.2%
Fifties Pop History U.S. GNP (Gross National Product) is $434.0 billion

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