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  • south

    South Pacific, the prize-winning musical, opens on Broadway on April 7.
  • harry

    Harry Truman is inaugurated as U.S. president after being elected in 1948 to his own term; previously he was sworn in following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He authorized the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II, on August 6 and August 9, 1945, respectively
  • rosenbrugs

    The Rosenbergs, Ethel and Julius, were convicted on March 29 for espionage
  • Jack

    Jack Kerouac publishes his first novel in seven years, On the Road
  • Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly
    Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash on February 3 with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, in a day that had a devastating impact on the country and youth culture
  • Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr
    British Beatlemania: The Beatles, a British rock group, gain Ringo Starr as drummer and Brian Epstein as manager, and join the EMI's Parlophone label. They soon become the world's most famous rock band , with the word "Beatlemania" adopted by the press for their fans' unprecedented enthusiasm. It also began the British Invasion in the United States
  • belgains

    Belgians in the Congo: The Republic of the Congo (Leopoldville) was declared independent of Belgium on June 30, with Joseph Kasavubu as President and Patrice Lumumba as Prime Minister
  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
    Richard Nixon back again: Former Vice President Nixon is elected in the 1968 presidential election of the United States
  • Punk rock

    Punk rock
    Punk rock: The Ramones form, with the Sex Pistols following in 1975, bringing in the punk era.
  • ayaatollahs

    Ayatollah's in Iran: During the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the West-backed and U.S.-installed Shah is overthrown as the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini gains power after years in exile
  • heavy metal

    heavy metal
    Heavy metal suicide: In the 1980s Ozzy Osbourne and the bands Judas Priest and Metallica were brought to court by parents who accused the musicians of hiding subliminal pro-suicide messages in their music