50's Timeline

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    50's Timeline

  • First Organb Transplant of a Kidney

    First Organb Transplant of a Kidney
    Done first in the US on a 44 year old women named Ruth Tucker
  • Korean War Begins

    Korean War Begins
    A war between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's republic of Korea. Went until 27 July 1953.
  • First Peanuts Comic Strip

    First Peanuts Comic Strip
    The very first Peanuts comic strip, written by Charles M. Schulz, appeared in seven newspapers.
  • Colour TV introduced

    Colour TV introduced
    CBS broadcast the very first commercial color TV program. Unfortunately, nearly no one could watch it on their black-and-white televisions.
  • The Great Smog

    The Great Smog
    A thick fog settled on London. This fog mixed with trapped black smoke to create a deadly layer of smog. Although there was no great panic at the time, the smog proved deadly. In the five days it hovered over London, the smog killed 4,000 people. In the following weeks, another 8,000 people died from exposure to the Great Smog. Lasted 4 day.
  • Joseph Stalin Dies

    Joseph Stalin Dies
    Comunist leader of the Solviet Union dies of a massive heart attack.
  • Hillary and Norgay Climb Mount Everest

    Hillary and Norgay Climb Mount Everest
    After years of dreaming about it and seven weeks of climbing, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen at Age 25

    Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen at Age 25
    After suffering from lung cancer for several years, King George VI died in his sleep on February 6, 1952 at age 56. Upon his death, his oldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, became queen. Elizabeth was 25 years old. On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth's coronation was held at Westminster Abbey. It was the first televised coronation in history.
  • Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.

    Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.
    the law was changed. In the landmark Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision by ruling that segregation was "inherently unequal." Although the Brown v. Board of Education was specifically for the field of education, the decision had a much broader scope.
  • First Atomic Submarine Launched

    First Atomic Submarine Launched
    launched into the Thames River. Shortly after the launch, the ship was commissioned. Eugene P. Wilkinson was named the commander of the submarine. Although the ship was commissioned fairly quickly, it did not actually go out to sea until a number of additional tests and construction were completed.
  • McDonald's Corporation Founded

    McDonald's Corporation Founded
  • Disneyland Opens

    Disneyland Opens
    6,000 by-invitation-only guests were invited for a special preview of Disneyland before it opened to the public the following day.
  • T.V. Remote Control Invented

    T.V. Remote Control Invented
    Robert Adler developed "Zenith Space Command", a wireless remote.[8] It was mechanical and used ultrasound to change the channel and volume. When the user pushed a button on the remote control, it clicked and struck a bar, hence the term "clicker" (wasn't sure of the exact date).
  • Hungarian Revolution

    Hungarian Revolution
    Lasting until Novermber 10th, 1956
  • Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat
    a children's book by Dr. Seuss and perhaps the most famous, featuring a tall, anthropomorphic, mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie.
  • Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age

    Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age
    The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58 cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.
  • Laika Becomes the First Living Animal to Enter Orbit

    The Soviet Union and the United States were in a very heated competition after World War II. Part of this competition was over control of space. As part of this "space race," the Soviets succeeded in putting up the first satellite into space in October 1957. Working hastily, the Soviets launched their second satellite (Sputnik 2) on November 3, 1957 with a living animal (Laika the dog) on board. Laika lived through the launch, but died in space since no return plan had been created for her.
  • LEGO Toy Bricks First Introduced

    LEGO Toy Bricks First Introduced
    In 1958 at 1:58 P.M, these bricks underwent a slight change in their design, which transformed them into the LEGO Bricks we know today. Also in 1958, Ole Kirk Christiansen passed away and his son Godtfred became head of the LEGO company.
  • Peace Symbol Created

    Peace Symbol Created
    British artist Gerald Holtom drew a circle with three lines inside, intending the design to be a symbol for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC). The design incorporates a circle with the lines within it representing the simplified positions of two semaphore letters, "N" and "D"
  • NASA Founded

    NASA Founded
    Established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958, replacing its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The agency became operational on October 1, 1958.
  • Fidel Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba

    Fidel Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba
    Castro worked to oust Batista from Cuba. At first, Castro used the legal system but when that didn't work, he resorted to violence. On January 1, 1959, Batista admitted defeat and left the country. Although not at first appointed president, Castro succeeded in taking power of the new Cuban government by July 1959.
  • The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway

    The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway
    The original Broadway production,[1] starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, opened on November 16, 1959; the show has enjoyed numerous productions and revivals since then. It was adapted as a 1965 film musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, which won five Academy Awards. The Sound of Music was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein; Hammerstein died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.