“The World Series Catch” by Willie Mays

In the 8th inning of game 5 of the September 1954 World Series,  New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays made a remarkable over-the-shoulder running catch of a deep center field fly ball to record the out and throw back to...

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Eisenhower Describes Domino Theory

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower described the domino theory during an April 1954, news conference, when referring to communism in Indochina. The geopolitical theory stated that if one country fell to a communist takeover, the surrounding...

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Brown v. Board of Education

In the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional.  The case became one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement,...

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Rock and Roll Music

Rock and roll music evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s from gospel, blues, jazz, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues and country music. Many maintain that the first rock and roll single was Rocket 88, written by Ike Turner, sung...

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Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

The first effective polio vaccine was developed in 1952 by Jonas Salk and his team at the University of Pittsburgh. Shortly thereafter, a key laboratory technique that enabled mass production of the vaccine was invented by Leone N. Farrell and her team...

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Marilyn Monroe Marries Joe DiMaggio

In January 1954, Marilyn Monroe and and baseball star Joe DiMaggio were mobbed by reporters and fans when they married in San Francisco. On their honeymoon in Japan, Monroe was asked to perform for American soldiers stationed in Korea. She went, leaving her new...

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How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

How Much is that Doggie in the Window, written by the novelty tune specialist Bob Merrill and sung by Patti Paige, reached No. 1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in 1953, and sold over two million copies.

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Playboy Magazine

In 1953 Hugh Hefner and Eldon Sellers founded Playboy Magazine featuring Marilyn Monroe as its first cover girl and nude centerfold. Although best known for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models known as playmates, Playboy has published...

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Fashion 1953

https://youtu.be/RVpcykngYqs http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1953.html In 1953 women's hemlines, waistlines and hairlines grew shorter. ... The semi-fitted suit with a narrow jacket very slightly indented at the waist and the form-fitting sheath dress were...

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The Robe in Cinemascope

https://youtu.be/1oIY05cDU5w In 1953 The Robe was released by 20th Century Fox as the first film released in the widescreen process called CinemaScope.  CinemaScope an anamorphic lens series was used from 1953 to 1967, and less...

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Vaya con Dios

  Vaya con Dios (Go with God) was written by Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper, and first recorded by Anita O'Day in December 1952. The most-popular version of the song was recorded by the popular husband-and-wife musical duo Les Paul and Mary Ford and...

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Mr Potato Head

https://youtu.be/g58CFvquOtE Mr. Potato Head was invented by George Lerner in 1949 and first manufactured and distributed by Hasbro in 1952. The first toy advertised on television, Mr. Potato Head has remained in production since its debut....

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3D Movies

https://youtu.be/TmmFDyhCufc Many consider the "golden era" of 3D to be late 1952 with the release of the first color stereoscopic feature, Bwana Devil.  The film was projected dual-strip, with Polaroid filters.  Viewers used disposable anaglyph...

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The Guiding Light

https://youtu.be/egI5QDtHhC0 The Guiding Light was broadcast on NBC, then CBS radio from 1937-1956 and on CBS TV from 1952-2009. The original NBC radio series (broadcast in 15-minute episodes) was based on the personal experiences of writers Emmons Carlson and Irna...

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The African Queen

The African Queen was a 1951 film adapted from a 1935 novel by  C. S. Forester. Directed by John Huston, the film starred Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Bogart won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1994, the film was was...

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The Weavers Wimoweh  

https://youtu.be/77VUYPVMtWY Wimoweh - 1952 The Weavers were an American folk quartet from Greenwich Village in New York City who sang traditional folk songs from around the world, as well as blues, gospel music, children's songs,...

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Roy Rogers Show

The Roy Rogers Show was broadcast on NBC from December 1951 to June 1957. Before changing his name, Rogers used his given name Leonard Franklin Slye to co-found the Sons of the Pioneers.  https://youtu.be/s3FclAQDCxU IMDb Set in the fictional town...

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Christmas Home on the Home Front and in Korea

https://youtu.be/fkfs6hd3sMc From the time the liaison officers of both coalitions met in July 1951, until the armistice agreement was signed in July 1953, the Korean War continued as a stalemate. Both sides had given up trying to unify Korea by...

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Amahl and the Night Visitors

https://youtu.be/VUKvrNeNgk8 Amahl and the Night Visitors was a one-act production by Gian Carlo Menotti that was the first opera specifically composed for television in America. The story: One night in Judea, a disabled shepherd...

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Your Hit Parade

  Your Hit Parade's first radio broadcast was in 1935.  It continued on TV from 1950 to 1959. The show's sponsor was the  American Tobacco Company Lucky Strike Cigarette. Wikimedia Commons https://youtu.be/-2lhHs3UtnA https://youtu.be/6QZ-c6Lxfiw...

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The King and I – Rodgers and Hammerstein

Wikipedia The King and I was a musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein based on Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam derived from the memoirs of a governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the...

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Jet Magazine

Founded in 1951, the weekly magazine Jet focused on news, culture, and entertainment related to the African–American community.  Jet chronicled the Civil Rights Movement including the murder of Emmett Till, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the...

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Chinese Treatment of Prisoners of War

The issue of Chinese treatment of UN prisoners of war is controversial. Cold war attitudes were often reflected in early reports which had limited actual data. On occasion, the Chinese People's Liberation Army was reported to provide emergency medical treatment for...

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