U.S. plan to explore space near the moon

U.S. plan to explore space near the moon

https://youtu.be/38pfWCaSZ9Y During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union began to build powerful new rockets—which they would eventually use to send humans into space and, ultimately, to the moon. In 1958 NASA launched Project Mercury with three...

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US Launches Explorer 1

US Launches Explorer 1

https://youtu.be/NfMIrKkzRx8 In January 1958 the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency successfully launched a satellite using a Jupiter C rocket developed by Dr. Wernher von Braun. The satellite carried a cosmic ray detector designed to measure the radiation environment...

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SPUTNIK 1 ~ Fellow Traveler

SPUTNIK 1 ~ Fellow Traveler

https://youtu.be/xKuz7JmENek In October 1957 Sputnik 1 was launched into an elliptical low Earth orbit by the Soviet Union. The satellite orbited for three weeks before its batteries ran out. It continued to orbit the planet for two months before it...

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Ford Edsel

Ford Edsel

In 1957 the Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel, named after Henry Ford's son. Although the Edsel had many innovations still in use today, including self-adjusting brakes and a powerful V-8 engine, the car was one of Ford's biggest financial failures. The...

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Cost of Living in 1956 

Cost of Living in 1956 

PRICES IN 1956 House: $9,550Average income: $4,454Ford car: $1748-$3151Milk: $.97Gas: $.23Bread $.18Postage stamp: $.03Chuck Pot Roast: $ .33 lb.Spareribs: $.39 lb.Cabbage: $.04 lb.Eggs, doz.: $.45Coffee: $.69 lb.Carnation Instant Chocolate Drink, 10oz.: $.33Rheingold...

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Birth of the US Interstate Highway System

Birth of the US Interstate Highway System

https://youtu.be/6xd9cxRtt_k In June 1956, Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 into law. Under the act, the federal government would pay for 90 percent of the cost of construction of Interstate Highways. Each Interstate Highway was required to be a...

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First Commercial Videotape Recorder

First Commercial Videotape Recorder

https://youtu.be/f0e03ScjnO4 A video tape recorder (VTR) is designed to record and play back video and audio material from magnetic tape.  In 1956, Ampex Corporation introduced the first practical videotape recorder for television...

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Federal Hourly Minimum Wage at $1.00/hr.

Federal Hourly Minimum Wage at $1.00/hr.

https://youtu.be/tQE0ldkiKo0 In accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the federal minimum wage in 1956 was set at $1/hr. Effective Date 1938 Act 1 1961 Amendments 2 1966 and SubsequentAmendments 3 Oct 24, 1938$0.25Oct...

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Congress Mandates In God We Trust on all U.S. Currency

Congress Mandates In God We Trust on all U.S. Currency

https://youtu.be/A36Iq5qNukQ In 1955 the US Congress passed a bill requiring that "In God We Trust" appear on all American currency. Midst the Cold War threat of atheistic communism, the bill passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law by...

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Microwave Oven

Microwave Oven

https://youtu.be/Fuo6bw5wyf8 American engineer Percy Spencer invented the modern microwave oven from radar technology developed during WWII. Named "Radarange," the oven went on sale in 1946. A microwave oven introduced by Tappan in 1955...

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1950s Cigarette TV Commercials

1950s Cigarette TV Commercials

These were the cultural and media messages I received when I began clandestine smoking at age 13. https://youtu.be/Z023OAz4fkI https://youtu.be/wibHcZ4FNbU https://youtu.be/c9or3KCrgQM https://youtu.be/Hr4duBBcCpA...

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Vintage Commercials

Vintage Commercials

With a shift in government spending at the end of the Korean War, the American GDP dropped by 2.2% and unemployment peaked at ~6%. Although the U.S. Federal Reserve tightened monetary policy to curb inflation, spiking interest rates decreased consumer demand. The...

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Atoms for Peace

Atoms for Peace

https://youtu.be/CQ0bd4cShs8 In December 1953 , Preident Eisenhower delivered his "Atoms for Peace" address to the UN. He called on both the US and Soviet Union to abandon their nuclear arsenals. The "Atoms for Peace" program spread nuclear technology to nations that...

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Transcontinental Non-stop Flight

Transcontinental Non-stop Flight

https://youtu.be/sfwb9piy9WQ In November 1953 American Airlines began the 1st regular non-stop commercial NY-LA air service with the Douglas DC7 . yesterdays airlines.com 1932 First scheduled cross-country passenger flights with no change of plane 1933...

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Post-Korean War Recession

Post-Korean War Recession

https://theeconreview.com The recession of 1953 was the first recession occurring in the United States since the Great Depression of the 1930s. With high expenditures to purchase  equipment during the Korean War, the inflation rate in the U.S. soared up to 10%,...

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McDonald’s Restaurant Chain

McDonald’s Restaurant Chain

https://youtu.be/EtvcoAWPNJ0 McDonald's restaurant was founded in 1940 by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California. They rechristened their business as a hamburger stand, and later turned the company into a franchise, with...

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U.S. Information Agency

U.S. Information Agency

https://youtu.be/N4my1PeWUrg The United States Information Agency (USIA) was established in 1953 "to understand, inform and influence foreign publics in promotion of the national interest, and to broaden the dialogue between Americans and U.S. institutions, and their...

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See the USA in your Chevrolet

See the USA in your Chevrolet

https://youtu.be/boertpylK0M 1953 Chevrolet Corvette - Wikimedia Commons In 1953, General Motors released the first model of the Chevrolet Corvette —a sports car named after the small, maneuverable warship. Wikipedia Over the years, the Corvette has become widely...

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Direct-dial Coast to Coast Telephone Service

Direct-dial Coast to Coast Telephone Service

https://youtu.be/C7YM9Sz9wxo The first direct-dial coast to coast telephone call was made in 1951 between the Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey and the Mayor of Alameda, California. Taking ~18 seconds to connect, the call was placed using AT&T’s direct distance...

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Cost of Living 1951

Cost of Living 1951

https://youtu.be/WLmJaT9XeDA House: $7,300Average income: $3,515Ford car: $1424-$22538.3 cu. ft. General Electric refrigerator: $330Milk: $.92Gas: $.20Bread $.16Postage stamp: $.031 lb. of buttered peanut brittle: $.2514 oz. can of Hershey’s Syrup: $.17Sliced Bacon:...

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UNIVAC – First Commercial Computer Built

UNIVAC – First Commercial Computer Built

https://youtu.be/kignGE77l_I The UNIVAC I was the first American computer designed to provide fast execution of relatively simple arithmetic and data transport operations for commercial purposes, as opposed to the complex numerical calculations required of scientific...

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Seoul City Sue – North Korean Propagandist

Seoul City Sue – North Korean Propagandist

Anna Wallis Suh (1900–1969), nicknamed "Seoul City Sue," was a Methodist missionary, educator, and North Korean propaganda radio announcer broadcasting to United States forces during the Korean War. After joining the...

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Long Island Train Crash

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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Defense Production Act

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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