• Korean War begins

    The North Korean military began the Communist lead invasion of South Korea.
  • Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur

    President Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his commands after criticizing the limited war efforts of the Truman administration, and starting unauthorized talks with China in the Korean war.
  • Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

    The Japanese Peace Treaty Conference was held San Francisco.
  • McCarran–Walter Act

    The McCarran–Walter Act was enacted, with the House and Senate overriding President Truman's veto of the bill.
  • Korean War ends

    The Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, ending the Korean War.
  • Army-McCarthy hearings

    Army-McCarthy hearings: Senator McCarthy was nationally discredited after failing to provide credible evidence supporting accusations of communist activity in the U.S. government amid the two months of televised hearings.

    The United States became a member of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
  • Civil Rights Movement begins

    The African-American Civil Rights Movement began.
  • Warsaw Pact

    The Warsaw Pact was signed, establishing a mutual defense arrangement subscribed to by eight Communist states in Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union.
  • two planes collided

    a United Airlines Douglas DC-7 and a Trans World Airlines Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation collided above the Grand Canyon in Arizona, killing all 128 people on board both aircraft.
  • Eisenhower Doctrine

    The Eisenhower Doctrine, wherein a country could request American economic assistance or military aid if threatened by outside armed aggression, was proclaimed.
  • Space race

    Space race: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik.
  • Explorer 1

    Explorer 1: The first U.S. satellite was launched into space.
  • Alaska becomes state

    Alaska was admitted to the Union, becoming the 49th state.
  • Grammy Awards

    The First Grammy Awards was held.