The U.S. Census of 1950 determined the resident population of the United States to be 150,697,361.
The Korean War began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea with support from the Soviet Union.
Rosenberg Espionage Trial
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were United States citizens who were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union. They were instrumental in the transmission of military information that was of value to the Soviet nuclear weapon program.
First Hydrogen Bomb Tests
The first successful test of a hydrogen bomb was performed by the United States on November 1, 1952.
Presidential Election of 1952
The presidential election of 1952 was the nation's 42nd election. Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower was the landslide winner.
CIA assists overthrow of government in Iran 1954
The CIA orchestrated an Iranian coup d'état that would overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister in favor of strengthening the monarchical rule.
McCarthy Congressional hearings looking for communists
McCarthy conducted a series of hearings to determine if certain Americans had ties to the communist party. These hearings caused untold damage to many people's lives and careers.
Brown V. The Board of Education
The Unites States Supreme Court case in which the court decided that establishing separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional.
National Guard called to Little Rock, Arkansas Central High School
The National Guard was initially ordered by the Governor to "Preserve the Peace" and keep colored students from integrating into Little Rock Central High School. President Eisenhower then ordered the National Guard to protect the little rock students entering the school.
Containment Policy of Communism
The United States policy of using numerous strategies to prevent the spread of communism.
Polio vaccines begin
The first Polio vaccines were invented by Jonas Salk and came into use in 1955.
McDonald's company founded by Ray Kroc
Ray Kroc was an American business man who founded the McDonald's company in 1955.
U.S. government agrees to train Vietnamese soldiers in Vietnam
The United States military agreed to send advisers to Vietnam to train their soldiers.
U.S. government orders all public schools to be intergrated
After the Supreme Court's decision on the Brown V. Board of Education case the U.S. government ordered all public schools to be integrated.
Disneyland park opens under the supervision of Walt Disney.
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat
Rosa Parks refuses to obey the bus driver's order to give up her seat in the colored section of the bus for a white passenger after all the other seats were filled.
Southern Congressmen resist desegregation with Southern Manifesto
The Southern Manifesto was a document written in opposition to racial integration of public places.
Presidential Election of 1956
Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower successfully runs for reelection.
Federal Aid-Highway Act
The Federal Aid-Highway Act was put into action by President D. Eisenhower. The law authorized the use of $25 billion to construct 41,000 miles of the interstate system.
Jimmy Hoffa arrested by FBI
Jimmy Hoffa was associated with the Louisiana teamsters and was arrested by the FBI after they received evidence against him from one of his associates.
Alaska becomes a state
Alaska becomes the forty ninth state.
U.S. recognizes Fidel Castro as leader of Cuba
The United States recognizes Fidel Castro as the leader of Cuba in hopes that the new regime would protect American interests.