• Brinks robbery

    Brinks robbery
    Brinks robbery in Boston occurs when eleven masked bandits stole $2.8 million from an armored car outside their office.
  • Population

    For thr first time the 1920 census indicate a population in the United States over 100 million people, 15% increase from last time.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Korean War begins, North Korea invades South Korea.
  • Crime

    Preliminary report from the Senator Estes Kefauver investigation that had begun on May 11, 1950 into organized crime issued, stating that gambling take was in excess of $20 billion per year.
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of conspiracy of wartime espionage and sentenced to death.

    The United States, Australia, and New Zealand sign a mutual security pact, the ANZUS Treaty.
  • Winter Olympics

    Winter Olympics
    The 1952 Winter Olympics games open in Helsinki, Finland with thirty participating nations.
  • Seizure of United States

    Seizure of United States
    President Truman authorizes the seizure of United States steel mills in order to avert a strike, but his action is ruled illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 2.
  • Hydrogen Bomb

    Hydrogen Bomb
    At Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the first hydrogen bomb, named Mike, is exploded.
  • Double Helix

    Double Helix
    The description of a double helix DNA molecule is published by British physicist Francis Crick and American scientist James D. Watson. They, along with New Zealand born scientist Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery in 1962.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Fighting ceased in the Korean War. North Korea, South Korea, the United States, and the Republic of China sign an armistice agreement.
  • TV

    First colored televisions go on sale
  • McDonald's

    Ray Kroc founds the idea for the McDonald's corporation, agreeing to franchise the idea of Dick and Mac McDonald, who had started the first McDonald's restaurant in 1940 and had eight restaurants by 1954.
  • Segregation

    Racial segregation in public schools is declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. the Board of Education.
  • Joseph McCarthy

    Joseph McCarthy
    Joseph McCarthy begins televised Senate hearings into alleged Communist influence in the United States Army.
  • United States government

    United States government
    The United States government agrees to train South Vietnamese troops.
  • "deliberate speed"

    "deliberate speed"
    The Supreme Court of the United States orders that all public school be integrated with "deliberate speed."
  • Walt Disney

    Walt Disney
    The brainchild of Walt Disney, whose father had worked at previous world's fair and inspired his son, Disneyland, opens in Anaheim, California, with the backing of the new television network, ABC.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    Rosa Parks got arrested for not giving her seat up on the bus to a white man.
  • Congressman

    One hundred and one congressmen from Southern states call for massive resistance to the Supreme Court ruling on desegregation.
  • Highway

    Interstate highway system begins with the signing of the Federal-Aid Highway Act.
  • Telephone

    The first transatlantic telephone cable began operation.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated for his second term in office.
  • Federal Bureau

    Federal Bureau
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrest labor leader Jimmy Hoffa under a bribery charge.
  • U.S. Congress

    U.S. Congress
    U.S. Congress approves the first civil rights bill since reconstruction with additional protection of voting rights.
  • Space Satellite

    Space Satellite
    Explorer I, the first U.S. space satellite, is launched by the Army at Cape Canaveral. It would discover the Van Allen radiation belt.
  • Earthquake

    The Lituya Bay, Alaska earthquake registers 7.5 on the Richter scale, producing a landslide that caused a megatsunami with a 520 meter high wave.
  • Jet airline

    Jet airline
    Jet airline passenger service inaugurated in the United States by National Airlines with a flight between New York City and Miami, Florida.
  • Alaska

    Alaska is admitted to the United States as the 49th state to be followed on August 21 by Hawaii.
  • Cuban government

    Cuban government
    The United States recognizes the new Cuban government under rebel leader Fidel Castro. Castro becomes the Premier of Cuba on February 16.
  • NASA

    NASA selects the first seven military pilots to become the Mercury Seven, first astronauts of the United States.