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December 1950 Third Battle of Seoul

https://youtu.be/hnlFxo3vUGA On December 31, 1950 a force of 170,000 Chinese forces, augmented with North Korean troops, crossed the frozen Han River to attack Seoul. General Douglas MacArthur, anticipating that UN forces wouldn't be able to stop the Chinese advance,...

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Battle of the Ch’ongch’on River

https://youtu.be/F8UGXcSItC0 Along the Ch'ongch'on River On November 25, 1950, the Chinese 13th Army launched a series of surprise attacks along the Ch’ongch’on River Valley, decimating the U.S. 8th Army’s right flank while allowing Chinese forces to move rapidly...

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Top Movies of 1950

https://youtu.be/s9_vnMHYyig Top-grossing American films of 1950 RankTitleStudioBox-office gross rental1King Solomon's MinesMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer$5,047,000[1]2Annie Get Your Gun$4,708,000[1]3Cheaper by the Dozen20th Century Fox$4,425,000[2]4CinderellaWalt Disney/RKO...

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Fire Bombing North Korean Cities

https://youtu.be/5v4_kNVCgXc 1952 Attack on Pyongyang From June to October 1950 US Far East Air Force (FEAF) B-29 bombers limited their targets to transport centers and industrial hubs in North Korea. Nevertheless, these "precision bombing" attacks...

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Marijuana Scare Films

In the 1950s increased access to automobiles gave American teenagers a variety of freedoms and temptations that were unimaginable to previous generations. As many American parents became worried, marijuana became a major source of concern. The Complicated History...

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U.N. Forces Evacuate from Hungnam North Korea

https://youtu.be/VPUVcOiYodM Despite the rousing background music of the Battle Hymn of the Republic on this video, the harrowing retreat from the Chosin Reservoir debacle to the coast at Hungnam was desperate and dispiriting for US Marines and Infantry. Encyclopædia...

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Guys and Dolls Award-Winning Broadway Musical

https://youtu.be/SiUK-TDTIpo In 1950 the musical Guys and Dolls premiered on Broadway. The hit show continued for 1,200 performances and in 1951 won the Tony Award for best musical. In 1955 the show was made into a movie starring Marlon...

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The Killer That Stalked New York

The Killer That Stalked New York was a 1950 American motion picture starring Evelyn Keyes, Charles Korvin and William Bishop. Shot in New York in a semi-documentary style, the plot concerns a smallpox outbreak unwittingly imported by diamond...

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Truman Hints A-Bomb

https://youtu.be/WQ5X_N4CzUA On November 30, 1950, after the Chinese Communist army entered the Korean conflict, President Harry Truman announced that he was prepared to authorize use of atomic weapons in order to achieve peace in Korea. Additionally, Truman accused...

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14th Dalai Lama

https://youtu.be/6dqYEfpJbA4 In November 1950 15-year-old Tenzin Gyatso was enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama, becoming chief of state of the semi-independent kingdom, and the spiritual leader of  Tibetan Buddhists worldwide. Born as Lhamo...

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Tootsie Rolls Saved US Marines

https://youtu.be/8emP0_xDP2Q As the temperature reached -38°C during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in late November 1950, weapons began to malfunction. Tank fuel pipes froze and cracked. Running out of mortar rounds, the US Marines requested more mortar shells...

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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...

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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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