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Understanding our world and that of our enemies

Chosin Reservoir

https://youtu.be/JOxvHkBpYX8 For Americans, the tragic battle at the Chosin (Changjin) Reservoir in late November 1950 might be compared to Custer's last stand. For the victorious Chinese Communists it was a Pyrrhic victory with heavy losses. In the initial phases of...

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Long Island Train Crash

The Kew Gardens Long Island train crash was a collision between two trains on the Long Island Rail Road's mainline during the evening rush hour of November 22, 1950. 78 people were killed and 363 injured. The crash is the worst railway accident in LIRR history and one...

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Beetle Bailey

Wikipedia Beetle Bailey, an American comic strip by Mort Walker was first published in September 1950. Set on a fictional United States Army post, the comic strip satirized the life of an Army private during American wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf,...

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Chinese Intervention

https://youtu.be/BjlrJzCfTMI In the late afternoon of November 1, 1950 thousands of Chinese soldiers, accompanied by eerie bugle calls, descended from the hills near Unsan, North Korea throwing hand grenades and firing burp guns at scattered units of the U.S. 8th...

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French Communism 1950

https://youtu.be/V3dHS3xirhU The French Communist Party (Parti Communiste Français- PCF) was banned in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII when it opposed the war. Since the USSR and Nazi Germany had a neutrality pact, the PCF may have actually sabotaged arms...

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US Army Reaches Yalu River

On November 13, 1950 US Navy carrier planes destroyed ~85% of the military camp at Hyesanjin. on the Yalu River between North Korea and China. Yalu River - Wikipedia On November 21, 1950 US Army 7th Division elements of X Corps occupied Hyesanjin and surrounding...

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Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto

Commissioned by jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, Aaron Copland composed his Symphony No. 3 - Concerto for clarinet, strings and harp. It was first performed by Benny Goodman on a radio broadcast with the NBC Symphony Orchestra in November 1950. Copland wrote: "The...

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MiG-15 Enters the war

https://youtu.be/tsGREOUphOM On November 30, 1950 a U.S. Air Force B-29 Superfortress, attacking an air base in North Korea, was lightly damaged by a  lightning-fast, unidentified fighter. The B-29's gunner was unable to fix the fast enemy fighter in the...

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Defense Production Act

The Defense Production Act of 1950 was part of a broad civil defense and war mobilization effort granting the president the power to expand industrial production of key materials or products for national security and other reasons in the...

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All About Eve

https://youtu.be/LSntQerk8cQ All About Eve was a 1950 American film based on the 1946 short story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr. The film starred Bette Davis , Anne Baxter , George Sanders, and Celeste Holm.  Marilyn Monroe also...

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Bombing North Korea

https://youtu.be/AVuy3e1vDYw Early in the war, after the virtual destruction of the North Korean Air Force, U.S.  Far East Air Force (FEAF)  B-29 bombers carried out massive aerial attacks on transport centers and industrial hubs in North Korea....

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Mother Teresa 

In October 1950, Mother Teresa and the small community formed by her former pupils received permission from the Diocese of Calcutta (Kolkata) India to identify as a Catholic organization. Her order the Missionaries of Charity, subsequently received approval...

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Cold War ~ Polish Movie

Cold War is a Polish film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski that stars Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot. The plot follows the passionate and fateful romance of a couple from the ruins of post-war Poland through Cold War East Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris. Shaped by politics,...

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Kim Dynasty

Kim Il-sung ~ Wikipedia His name roughly translates as: "One who becomes the sun" Kim Jong-il ~Wikipedia His name roughly translates: “the proper or just sun. Kim Jong-un ~ Wikipedia His name roughly translates as "justice and favor.

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Color TV

https://youtu.be/O5tf6SQjFlQ In 1950 the Federal Communications Commission issued the first license for color TV broadcasting, to CBS. Although the field-sequential color system developed by Dr. Peter Goldmark was the first color television system to be...

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Polio Epidemics

https://youtu.be/PfoxqghXxEs In 1950 Polio was one of the most serious communicable diseases among children in the United States. Thousands of children were infected by the virus, and many were paralyzed or died. Source: Our World in Data Hospitals developed special...

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The Dead Come Home

Britannica.com Deaths by U.S. service (Korean War Project) https://youtu.be/ef-j_diagPU https://youtu.be/OTzk4MARVP4 https://youtu.be/RrK1Hdr396c

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UCLA Red Cell

With the rise of anti-Communist rhetoric reminiscent of the post-WWI Great Red Scare, the University of California system was accused in the late 1940s of harboring Communist infiltrators. In 1949 the Regents of the University adopted a policy requiring all faculty...

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U.S. Intelligence Mistakes in Korea

https://youtu.be/EvRddxXFsyQ This "solid intelligence" might be a bit overstated... By early 1950 military build-up of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) forces and equipment along the 38th parallel was clearly identified by both U.S. Central Intelligence...

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George Burns and Gracie Allen 

https://youtu.be/H_KNViwQScw The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show was a popular half-hour CBS  television series broadcast from 1950 to 1958. Burns and Allen, vaudevillians in the 1920s, and radio stars in the 1930-40s, received Emmy Award nominations for...

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Sinchon Massacre

https://youtu.be/znRecjPqO74 This rather, robotic-voiced discussion seems a reasonable review of the facts surrounding this dark page in Korean War history. In October 1950, North Korea (DPRK) claims that, during the retreat of the DPRK's Korean Peoples Army from...

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Heart Pacemaker

https://youtu.be/Zd_Weg6Dlw4 In 1950, Canadian electrical engineer John Hopps  built the first external pacemaker based upon observations by cardio-thoracic surgeons at Toronto General Hospital. With vacuum tube technology, powered by AC...

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