Time Warp Memories

Timeline of the Twentieth Century: 1950 - 1969

1950

First Modern Credit Card Introduced

First Organ Transplant

First "Peanuts" Cartoon Strip

Korean War Begins

Senator Joseph McCarthy Begins Communist Witch Hunt

U.S. President Truman Orders Construction of Hydrogen Bomb

1951

Color TV Introduced

South Africans Forced to Carry ID Cards Identifying Race

Truman Signs Peace Treaty With Japan, Officially Ending WWII

Winston Churchill Again Prime Minister of Great Britain

1952

Car Seat Belts Introduced

The Great Smog of 1952

Jacques Cousteau Discovers Ancient Greek Ship

Polio Vaccine Created

Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen at Age 25

1953

DNA Discovered

Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest

Joseph Stalin Dies

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed for Espionage

1954

Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman

First Atomic Submarine Launched

Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer

Roger Bannister Breaks the Four-Minute Mile

Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.

1955

James Dean Dies in Car Accident

McDonald's Corporation Founded

Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus

Warsaw Pact Signed

1956

Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan's Show

Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco

Hungarian Revolution

Khrushchev Denounces Stalin

Suez Crisis

T.V. Remote Control Invented

Velcro Introduced

1957

Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat

European Economic Community Established

Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age

Laika Becomes the First Living Animal to Enter Orbit

1958

Boris Pasternak Refuses Nobel Prize

Chinese Leader Mao Zedong Launches the "Great Leap Forward"

Hope Diamond is Donated to the Smithsonian

Hula Hoops Become Popular

Lego Toy Bricks First Introduced

NASA Founded

Peace Symbol Created

1959

Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba

International Treaty Makes Antarctica Scientific Preserve

Kitchen Debate Between Nixon and Khrushchev

The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway

U.S. Quiz Shows Found to be Fixed

1960

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Released

Brazil's Capital Moves to Brand New City

First Televised Presidential Debates

Lasers Invented


1961

Adolf Eichmann on Trial for Role in Holocaust

Bay of Pigs Invasion

Berlin Wall Built

Peace Corps Founded

Soviets Launch First Man in Space


1962

Andy Warhol Exhibits His Campbell's Soup Can

Cuban Missile Crisis

First Person Killed Trying to Cross the Berlin Wall

Marilyn Monroe Found Dead

Rachel Carson Publishes Silent Spring


1963

Betty Friedan Publishes The Feminine Mystique

JFK Assassinated

Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His "I Have a Dream" Speech


1964

Beatles Become Popular in U.S.

Cassius Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali) Becomes World Heavyweight Champion

Civil Rights Act Passes in U.S.

Hasbro Launches GI Joe Action Figure

Nelson Mandela Sentenced to Life in Prison

Warren Report on JFK's Assassination Issued


1965

Japan's Bullet Train Opens

Los Angeles Riots

Malcolm X Assassinated

New York City Great Blackout

U.S. Sends Troops to Vietnam


1966

Black Panther Party Established

Mao Zedong Launches the Cultural Revolution

Mass Draft Protests in U.S.

Star Trek T.V. Series Airs


1967

Australian Prime Minister Disappears

Che Guevara Killed

First Heart Transplant

First Super Bowl

Six-Day War in the Middle East

Stalin's Daughter Defects

Three U.S. Astronauts Killed During Simulated Launch


1968

Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

Prague Spring

Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated

Tet Offensive


1969

ARPANET, the Precursor of the Internet, Created

Charles Manson and "Family" Arrested

Neil Armstrong Becomes the First Man on the Moon

Rock-and-Roll Concert at Woodstock

Senator Edward Kennedy Leaves the Scene of an Accident

Sesame Street First Airs

Yasser Arafat Becomes Leader of the PLO




 

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