Major Events of the 1950s

  • Korean War Begins

    Korean War Begins
    At the end of World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel into Soviet (Northern) and U.S. (Southern) areas of land. In 1948 rival governments were called The Republic of Korea in the South and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea in the North.
  • Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen

    Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen
    At age 25, Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen Elizabeth.
  • Joseph Stalin's Death

    Joseph Stalin's Death
    Joseph Stalin, communist leader of the Solviet Union, died.
  • Hillary and Norgay Climb Mount Everest

    Hillary and Norgay Climb Mount Everest
    Considered untouchable by some, on May 29th 1953 at 11 am, the summit of Everest was conquered.
  • The Introduction of the coloured TV

    The Introduction of the coloured TV
    Introduced and patented in 1904, the colour TV was released after numerous attempts at trying to create one. In 1953, the basic design for a coloured TV was finally created and patented. Though it was very bulky and flickered, this showed a dramatic technological change for the future.
  • Velcro was patented

    Velcro was patented
    Being in production since 1948, velcro, a very important material that is used everyday, was finally patented and produced
  • Warsaw Pact Agreement signed

    Warsaw Pact Agreement signed
    A military treaty between Albania, Bulgeria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and the Solviet Union was signed. This treaty was an anti-war treaty, promising no further outbreaks.
  • IBM Creates First Hardrive

    IBM Creates First Hardrive
    The hard drive was produced in San Jose, California, IBM's first hard disk stored about 2,000 bits of data per square inch and costed about $10 000 per megabyte
  • Sputnik 1

    Sputnik 1
    Solviet satellite, known as the Sputnik 1 was launched into outerspace, being one of the first peices of technology to be put into space. It weighed less than 200 pounds, and took 98 minutes to orbit the earth.
  • Population Growth

    Population Growth
    USA population reaches 177,829,628