West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization

West Germany joins North Atlantic Treaty Organization

https://youtu.be/0rICHFt7Gg4 In 1949, the Americans, British, and French combined their zones of occupation in West Germany to establish the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany). The Soviets responded by forming the Deutsche Demokratische Republik...

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Southeast Asia Treaty Organization – SEATO

Southeast Asia Treaty Organization – SEATO

https://youtu.be/6_Hb8IDU4Tk Wikipedia In September 1954 the United States, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan formed the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).     Although most of the SEATO member states were...

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Coup D’état in Guatemala

Coup D’état in Guatemala

https://youtu.be/uVkthJcKQxg In June 1954, Operation PBSuccess (a covert operation directed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) orchestrated the invasion of Guatemala from Honduras by a force of Guatemalan mercenaries. The successful coup d'état deposed...

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First Taiwan Strait Crisis

First Taiwan Strait Crisis

In August 1954 the Communist People's Republic of China attacked several islands located a few miles from mainland China in the Taiwan Strait that were held by the Nationalist Republic of China. Wikipedia In January 1955, the Formosa Resolution was...

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Fall of French Indochina

Fall of French Indochina

https://youtu.be/ZMPNY9w8OmQ In May 1954 communist Viet Minh forces won a decisive victory over the French colonial army in the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ. The war ended shortly afterward with signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords in which France agreed to withdraw its...

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Music Soothes the Post-War Soul

Music Soothes the Post-War Soul

Popular music often seemed soft and soothing in 1954, the year after the tragic Korean War. https://youtu.be/BTIERquza6Q https://youtu.be/nVGt-qNQ4Os

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Eisenhower Describes Domino Theory

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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Edward R. Murrow vs. Joseph McCarthy

Edward R. Murrow vs. Joseph McCarthy

Edward Roscoe Murrow was an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent who first gained radio prominence with a series of live radio broadcasts from Europe during WWII. In the spring of 1954 the US Senate held a series of hearings to investigate...

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USS Nautilus – First Nuclear-Powered Submarine 

USS Nautilus – First Nuclear-Powered Submarine 

Named after both Captain Nemo's fictional submarine in  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and the WWII submarine USS Nautilus (SS-168) ,the new nuclear-powered Nautilus was launched in 1954. Because the USS Nautilus nuclear propulsion allowed prolonged submersion...

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Nationwide Atom Bomb Drills

Nationwide Atom Bomb Drills

The development of the H-bomb committed the United States to an arms race with the Soviet Union. Despite the specter of nuclear holocaust, both the United States and the Soviet Union vied to build ever more powerful nuclear weapons. The Federal Civil Defense...

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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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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 1953 May 21, 1953By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Whereas the bodies of our war dead lie buried in hallowed plots throughout the land, and it has long been our custom to decorate their graves on...

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How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

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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Coup d’etat in British Guiana

Coup d’etat in British Guiana

https://youtu.be/b61zp4lQCHk   In October 1953, the democratically elected People's Progressive Party (PPP) of British Guyana was removed from power by the British Government—its colonial ruler at that time. The overthrow of the PPP, which had won a landslide victory...

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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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American War Deaths Through History

American War Deaths Through History

Source: American war deaths through history CONFLICT SPAN CASUALTIES Revolutionary War 1775-1783 25,000 Northwest Indian War 1785-1795 ~1,056 Quasi-War 1798-1800 514 War of 1812 1812-1815 ~20,000 1st Seminole War 1817-1818 36 Black Hawk War 1832 305 2nd Seminole War...

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Iranian Coup d’état

Iranian Coup d’état

https://youtu.be/VlbRUwgASAQ In August 1953 a coup d'état overthrew Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favor of strengthening the monarchical rule of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The coup was...

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Armistice Ends Korean War

Armistice Ends Korean War

The armistice signed on July 27, 1953, formally ended the war in Korea. North and South Korea remained separate and occupied almost the same territory they had when the war began. https://youtu.be/K1otXThthbk

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Battle of Pork Chop Hill

Battle of Pork Chop Hill

The Battle of Pork Chop Hill comprised a pair of related Korean War battles fought between United Nations forces and the Chinese and North Korean armies from April through July 1953. Fought while the UN and the Chinese and North Koreans were negotiating...

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I Like Ike

I Like Ike

https://youtu.be/Y9RAxAgksSE In November 1952. Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower won a landslide victory over Democrat Adlai Stevenson, ending a string of Democratic Party wins that stretched back to Franklin Roosevelt's victory over Herbert Hoover...

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BATTLE OF TRIANGLE HILL

BATTLE OF TRIANGLE HILL

The Battle of Triangle Hill (上甘岭战役) was a protracted military engagement during the Korean War that pitted two United Nations infantry divisions and the US Air Force, against elements of the 12 and 15th Corps of the...

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Britain Develops Atomic Bomb 

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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First Indochina War – 1947-1954

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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Christmas Home on the Home Front and in Korea

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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Truman Declares a National Emergency

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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