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Britain Develops Atomic Bomb 

  Although several British scientists worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII, after the war the U.S. government ended cooperation on nuclear weapons development. In 1947, in response to concerns about American isolationism and Britain losing its great...

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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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Death Of King George VI

A heavy smoker, King George VI (born Albert Frederick Arthur George) died of lung cancer and heart disease in February 1952. Born during the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria George was named after his great-grandfather Albert, Prince...

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First Indochina War – 1947-1954

https://youtu.be/8kgcUFU5_eA After WWII, the decolonization of French Indochina left the region divided into four independent states: North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. In September 1945, a provisional government in Hanoi...

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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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Truman Announces U.S. Has Hydrogen Bomb

In his state of the union address in January 1952, President Harry Truman announced that the U.S. had successfully developed a hydrogen bomb. A thermonuclear weapon, fusion weapon or hydrogen bomb (H bomb), is a second-generation nuclear...

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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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Truman Declares a National Emergency

On December 15, 1951, U.S. President Harry Truman gave a radio address from the White House and announced that he would proclaim a national emergency "because of great danger created by the Soviet Union."

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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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Remember Pearl Harbor

https://youtu.be/A2kSnlS4xX8 On Dec. 7, 1941 2,403 service members and civilians were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona 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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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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Battle of Hoa Binh – French Indochina War

https://youtu.be/pl-0uqJhi3o From 1887 to the mid-1900s, French Indochina was the collective name for the French colonial regions of Southeast Asia composed of Cochin-China, Annam, Cambodia, Tonkin, Kwangchowan and Laos....

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Bob and Ray

Wikipedia Bob and Ray was the name of a popular American radio comedy show with Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding whose career spanned five decades. The duo typically satirized radio and television interviews, with deadpan,...

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USSR Acknowledges It Has Atomic Bomb

After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the USSR utilized intelligence gathered from the German nuclear weapons project and the American Manhattan Project to aggressively pursue the development of a Russian atomic bomb. In August 1949, the...

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Veterans Day

https://youtu.be/cKoJvHcMLfc I am grateful to all our men and women who have served in wartime. I am also sorrowed by the loss of so many. Wikipedia Picryl The moon gives you light,And the bugles and the drums give you music,And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,My...

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An American in Paris

https://youtu.be/azQoXniMSi0 An American in Paris was a 1951 American musical comedy inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition An American in Paris by George Gershwin. The film starred Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar...

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Radio Moscow

https://youtu.be/cznCttle760 Radio Moscow's interval signal. Radio Moscow (Pадио Москва) was the official international broadcasting station of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics until 1993. After the fall of the Soviet Union It was...

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army Attack

https://youtu.be/BjlrJzCfTMI I have been researching this topic for a historical novel I am writing about the Korean War. This video clip is not representative of Chinese attacks in the Korean War—People's Liberation Army attacks were typically carried out by smaller...

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