1950s Timeline

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01
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1950

President Harry Truman
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02
of 10
1951

South Africa passbook
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03
of 10
1952

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II. Lisa Sheridan / Studio Lisa / Getty Images

04
of 10
1953

Dr. James Watson DNA
Dr. James Dewey Watson helped to discover the structure of DNA in 1953. Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images

05
of 10
1954

The Monroe School
The Monroe School was the site of Brown v Board of Education. Mark Reinstein / Corbis via Getty Images
  • Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman
  • First Atomic Submarine Launched
  • Jonas Salk's Polio Vaccine Given to Children in Massive Trial
  • Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer
  • Roger Bannister Breaks the Four-Minute Mile
  • Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.

07
of 10
1956

Elvis Presley Ed Sullivan Show
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  • Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan's Show
  • Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco
  • Hungarian Revolution
  • Khrushchev Denounces Stalin
  • Suez Crisis
  • T.V. Remote Control Invented
  • Velcro Introduced

08
of 10
1957

Sputnik I
Bettmann / Contributor

09
of 10
1958

Mao Zedong
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10
of 10
1959

Fidel Castro
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  • Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba
  • International Treaty Makes Antarctica Scientific Preserve
  • Kitchen Debate Between Nixon and Khrushchev
  • The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway
  • U.S. Quiz Shows Found to be Fixed

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