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  • Red China

    Red China
    More Red China InfoThe Communist Party of China wins the Chinese Civil War, establishing the People's Republic of China.
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Marilyn Monroe
    Marilyn Monroe's LifeMarilyn Monroe soars in popularity with five new movies, including The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve, and attempts suicide after the death of friend Johnny Hyde who asked to marry her several times, but she refused respectfully. Monroe would later (1954) be married for a brief time to Joe DiMaggio.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    Korean WarNorth Korea and South Korea declare war after Northern forces stream south on June 25.
  • Television

    Television
    History of the Televisionbecoming widespread (in black and white format) and becomes the most popular means of advertising.
  • Joseph Stalin Dies

    Joseph Stalin Dies
    Death of StalinJoseph Stalin dies on March 5, yielding his position as leader of the Soviet Union.
  • Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth II
    Queen Elizabeth II CoronationEngland's got a new queen: Queen Elizabeth II succeeds to the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms upon the death of her father, George VI, and is crowned the next year.
  • Peter Pan The Musical

    Peter Pan The Musical
    Peter Pan Musical WikiPeter Pan is broadcast on TV live and in color from the 1954 version of the stage musical starring Mary Martin on March 7. Disney released an animated version the previous year.
  • Albert Einstien

    Albert Einstien
    The last few years of Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein dies on April 18 at the age of 76. Albert Einstein experienced internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which had previously been reinforced surgically by Dr. Rudolph Nissen in 1948. Einstein refused surgery, saying: "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly."
  • Disneyland Opens

    Disneyland Opens
    History of DisneylandDisneyland opens on July 17 as Walt Disney's first theme park.Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2011, the park hosted approximately 16.14 million guests, making it the second most visited park in the world that calendar year.
  • Elvis Presley's first start

    Elvis Presley's first start
    Click here for more info on ElvisElvis Presley signs with RCA Records on November 21, beginning his pop career.