History Timeline Around 1950-1990

  • Joseph McCarthy- McCarthyism

    Joseph McCarthy- McCarthyism
    The 1950 events sharply increased the sense of threat from Communism in the U.S.
  • The Korean War

    The Korean War
    Was a war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union.
  • The First Peanuts Strip

    The First Peanuts Strip
    Schulz sold his first strip to the United Feature Syndicate in 1950, it was the Syndicate that changed the name from Li'l Folks to Peanuts.
  • Winston Churchill Again Prime Minister of Great Britain

    Winston Churchill Again Prime Minister of Great Britain
    •Color TV Introduced
    •South Africans Forced to Carry ID Cards Identifying Race
    •Truman Signs Peace Treaty With Japan, Officially Ending WWII
    • years later the Conservative Party won the majority of seats with this win, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain for his second term in 1951.
  • The First Color Shows

    The First Color Shows
    CBS broadcast the very first commercial color TV program. Unfortunately, nearly no one could watch it on their black-and-white televisions.
  • Ku Klux Klan

    Ku Klux Klan
    Christmas Eve bombing of the home of NAACP
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    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. Princess Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, were out of the country when King George died.
  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X
    After his parole he became a leader of The Nation of Islam.
  • *The Great Smog of 1952*

    *The Great Smog of 1952*
    • thick fog settled on London. This fog mixed with trapped black smoke to create a deadly layer of smog 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 of 1952.
  • The First to Climb Mount Everest

    The First to Climb Mount Everest
    • After years and seven weeks of climbing, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953. These first people to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.
  • The First Playboy Magazine

    •DNA Discovered
    • 27-year-old Hugh Hefner published the very first Playboy magazine. In that first run, Hefner sold 54,175 copies of Playboy magazine at 50 cents each.
  • Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.

    •Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman
    •First Atomic Submarine Launched
    •Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer
    •Roger Bannister Breaks the Four-Minute Mile
    • 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."
  • Brown v. Board of Education, 1954

    Brown v. Board of Education, 1954
    Was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.
  • Emmett Till's Murder

    Emmett Till's Murder
    A 14-year-old African American teenager was brutally murdered by white men while visiting relatives in Mississippi.
  • James Dean Dies in Car Accident

    • actor James Dean was driving his new Porsche 550 Spyder to an auto rally in Salinas, California when he was involved in a head-on collision with a 1950 Ford Tutor.
    •McDonald's Corporation Founded
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    Was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The U.S. government involved in the war as a way to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment.
  • Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Bus Seat

    Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Bus Seat
    • Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African-American seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man while riding on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. For doing this, Rosa Parks was arrested and fined for breaking the laws of segregation. Rosa Parks' refusal to leave her seat sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and is considered the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
    •Warsaw Pact Signed
  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    He led the Montgomery bus Boycott.
  • Rosa Parks Is Arrested

    • news of her arrest led to plans for a one-day boycott of the buses in Montgomery.
  • Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan's Show

    Elvis Presley had already appeared on other national television shows. when Ed Sullivan booked Elvis for three shows. Elvis' pelvic gyrations during his appearances on these other shows had caused much discussion and concern about the suitability of airing such provocative and sensual movements on television.
  • Suez Crisis

    Suez Crisis
    Was a diplomatic and military confrontation between Egypt on one side, and Britain, France and Israel on the other, with the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Nations playing major roles in forcing Britain, France and Israel to withdraw.
  • Martin Luther King Jr

    Martin Luther King Jr
    Helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • The Space Race

    The Space Race
    It was a competition between the Soviet Union and the U.S. to be the first to get to Space.
  • The "Little Rock Nine"

    The "Little Rock Nine"
    Nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School.
  • Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix
    After law enforcement authorities had twice caught Hendrix riding in stolen cars, he was given a choice between spending time in prison or serving in the US military: he chose the latter and enlisted in the Army.
  • The Berlin Wall

    The Berlin Wall
    Was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin.
  • Assasination of John F. Kennedy

    Assasination of John F. Kennedy
    He got shot in his car at Dealey Plaza in Dalas, Texas.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson

    Lyndon B. Johnson
    Succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
  • War Protest

    War Protest
    Vietnam war Protest began small but in 1965 it gained national Prominence. On this day it was organized by professors against the war at the University of Michigan
  • Ping-Pong Diplomacy

    Ping-Pong Diplomacy
    The U.S. got an invitation to play China at China and these were the first Americans to set foot in China since 1949.
  • Richard Nixon/ Watergate Scandal

    Richard Nixon/ Watergate Scandal
    Break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.
  • Jimmy Cater

    Jimmy Cater
    In the third mile of a tough 6.2-mile race through the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland, Jimmy Carter suffered from heat exhaustion.
  • HIV/ AIDS

    HIV/ AIDS
    First case of AIDS was found in San Francisco. Started because of the Hippie Movement.
  • John Lennon's Murder

    John Lennon's Murder
    He was shot by Mark David Chapman at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City.
  • Assassination Attempt of Ronald Reagan

    Assassination Attempt of Ronald Reagan
    Reagan It happened 69 days into the presidency of Ronald Reagan. While leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., President Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley, Jr.
  • Cold War

    Cold War
    Reagan's anti-communist position had developed into a stance known as the new Reagan Doctrine which, in addition to containment, formulated an additional right to subvert existing communist governments.
  • Technoligical Advances

    Technoligical Advances
    The World Wide Web or internet is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. Whch was made on this day.