American Timeline '50s

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  • North Korea invades South Korea

    Communist North Korea, which is backed by the Soviet Union and China, invades the American supported South Korea. America declares war on North Korea.
  • Julius Rosenberg is arrested by the FBI

    Julius Rosenberg is arrested by the FBI for being a Communist informant.
  • Ethel Rosenberg

    Julius Rosenberg's wife is arrested too, and they are sentenced to death for being Communist informants, and setting up a spy network in the U.S.
  • American victory at the battle of Inchon

    American forces, lead by Douglass MacArthur, is victorious at the battle of Inchon, pushing North Korea out of South Korea.
  • President Truman visits general MacArthur at the Wake Islands

    Truman goes to the Wake Islands to visit general MacArthur, making good press out of it, and furthering his own image.
  • China enters the war in Korea

    Communist China enters the war to help North Korea, and sends American forces into retreat. Fearing the worst, General MacArthur asks Truman to bomb the Chinese forces in Korea with strategic nuclear bombing. Truman refuses, fearing all out nuclear war.
  • William Levitt mass produces suburbs

    War veteran William Levitt uses the military method of mass production, to produce living space for the American families.
  • General MacArthur challenges the president

    General MacArthur sends a letter to speaker of the house, Josef Martin, going public with his disagreement with the president. As response, Truman fires MacArthur after addressing the nation.
  • Senator Joseph McCarthy voices fear of internal communists at the republican national convention

    Accuses the government of harboring communists at universities, saying that internal communists are plotting against America.
  • The New Jersey turnpike is constructed

    Taking just 23 months to build, the New Jersey turnpike is the first American four-lane highway constructed.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower is inaugurated

    New president Dwight D. Eisenhower – popular world war 2 general, is inaugurated into oval office, promising to end the Korean war.
  • Live nuclear detonation broadcast

    8 million viewers tune in to a live broadcast, witnessing the power of the atomic bomb. In the broadcast, a typical American suburban house is shown getting blown up with "unprepared" mannequins inside. Under the house are "prepared" mannequins, hiding in a shelter in the basement. This goes on to further the red scare, as well as integrating the fear of nuclear annihilation into everyday life.
  • Armistice between North and South Korea

    With the death of Soviet leader Stalin, as well as the fading support from the Chinese, Presiden Eiseinhower forces North Korea to an armistice with the South, fulfilling his promise of ending the war in Korea.
  • Over 50% of American households own a television

  • Brown v. Board of Education

    The supreme court outlaws segregation in schools. The Ku Klux Klan is outraged, and bombs over 15 african american homes in the next 3 years.
  • 14 year old Emmett Till is murdered in a racist attack

    In Mississippi, 14 year old Emmett Till is murdered after an outrage. Emmett was accused of flirting with Carolyn Bryant. He was consequently kidnapped and shot in the head, after being brutally beaten. At his funeral, which was covered by the news, his mother insists on an open casket. Pictures of his body shocked America.
  • Emmett Till's murderers goes Trial

    Bryant's husband Roy and his half brother J.W Milam are sent to trial over the murder of Emmett Till. The trial lasted 5 days, and found the men not guilty. They both admit to the murder in a "Look" magazine interview just 4 months later.