Time Warp Memories

Timeline of the Twentieth Century: 1950 - 1969


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


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


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


DNA Discovered

Hillary and Norgay Climb Mt. Everest

Joseph Stalin Dies

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed for Espionage


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.


James Dean Dies in Car Accident

McDonald's Corporation Founded

Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus

Warsaw Pact Signed


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


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


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


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


Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Released

Brazil's Capital Moves to Brand New City

First Televised Presidential Debates

Lasers Invented


Adolf Eichmann on Trial for Role in Holocaust

Bay of Pigs Invasion

Berlin Wall Built

Peace Corps Founded

Soviets Launch First Man in Space


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


Betty Friedan Publishes The Feminine Mystique

JFK Assassinated

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


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


Japan's Bullet Train Opens

Los Angeles Riots

Malcolm X Assassinated

New York City Great Blackout

U.S. Sends Troops to Vietnam


Black Panther Party Established

Mao Zedong Launches the Cultural Revolution

Mass Draft Protests in U.S.

Star Trek T.V. Series Airs


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


Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

Prague Spring

Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated

Tet Offensive


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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