Harry Truman became U.S. President when Franklin D. Roosevelt died during World War II. As President, Truman decided to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and enter America in the Korean War.
Red China enters the Korean War!
After a struggle in China, Communists took control. As a result, China entered the Korean War when it was clear that U.N. forces could defeat North Korea.
Marilyn Monroe was an iconic movie star in the 50s. People grew suspicious of her rumored relationships with Joe Dimaggio, John F. Kennedy, Arthur Miller, and Robert Kennedy.
Television is Invented!
Black and white television sets became popular in cities throughout the world.
As a result of Korea being split into the north and south, North Korea attacked South Korea. After years of war, Korea is still divided today.
"The Catcher in the Rye" is Written
Written by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye was a very popular novel based around the confusion, angst, and rebellion of teenagers.
General Dwight Eisenhower was a member of the Supreme Court during World War II, but was later inaugurated as president as the United States.
Queen Eliabeth II Rises to the Throne!
Queen Elizabeth II of England accended to power when her father George VI died.
The Soviet Union and their allied countried formed the Communist Bloc, or Eastern Bloc in the Cold War.
Josef Stalin was a cruel dictator of the Soviet Union who sent people to labor camps during WWII.
The H-Bomb Test is Succesful!
After a succesful test, the powerful H-Bomb was launched by America. Later, the Soviets altered the bomb to make their own version.
Dien Bien Phu Falls
When Dien Bien Phu falls, France loses control of Indo-China.
Elvis Presley went down in history as "The King" due to his extremely popular songs in the 1950s. He is known today as a Rock and Roll phenomenon.
After being widely known as an amazing scientist who developed the Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein died at age 76.
Peter Pan was first released on Broadway when Mary Martin starred as the mischevious character.
Disneyland is opened in California!
The famous Disneyland theme park was opened to the public, thanks to the operator, Walt Disney. Located in Anaheim, California,millions have traveled to Disneyland to enjoy the rides since 1955.
Anti-Communist Revolution in Budapest
When Anti-Communists protested in Budapest, Hungary, a revolution began. Soviets soon reacted by arresting Hungarians and putting an end to the revolution.
Due to her marriage to prince Ranier of Monaco, actress Grace Kelly changed her name to Princess Grace.
Trouble in the Suez
When General Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, Israel, Britain, and France invaded Egypt. Invaders soon left Egypt and the country recieved an emergency force.
Charles de Gaulle
After World War II, Charles de Gaulle returned as the leader of France.
Hula Hoops Created!
Hula Hoops were invented as a toy to be spun around people's waist, They quickly gained popularity and were spotted everywhere. Soon enough, the fad ended.
Fidel Castro began as a wealthy lawyer but soon worked to overthrow the dictator of Cuba, Fulgencia Batista. Later, he was sworn in as Prime Minister of Cuba.
John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States in 1960.
Psycho was a thriller movie based around horror and murder directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Bay of Pigs Invasion
President John F. Kennedy planned an attack on Cuba.However, Prime Minister Fidel Castro was prepared for the attack and captured all exiles, making Kennedy's plan a failure.
Ole Miss Integration!
Ole Miss became the first integrated college when it admitted its first black student, James Meredith.
J.F.K. Blown Away!
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas due to a deathly shot by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Richard Nixon back again
After losing the presidential election in 1960 to John F. Kennedy, Nixon came back and was elected president in 1968.
Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh ruled Communist North Vietnam and fought France and America during the Cold War.
A farmer in New York donated his land so a music and art festical could be held. Known as Woodstock, this festival provided rock music to over 600,000 fans.
Punk Rock became very popular as bands such as The Ramones and The Clash showcased their aggressive music in the 70s.
Terror on the Airline
Many airline hijackings were reported in the news.
Menachem Begin was the sixth Prime Minister of Israel.
Ayatollah's in Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran when the Shah was overthrown. 444 days later, hostages in Tehran were released.
Russians in Afghanistan
Soviets entered war in Afghanistan to protect Communists. After years in war, Soviets were forced to withdraw fro Afghanistan.
Former movie actor, Ronald Reagan, was inaugurated as president of the United States.
Foreign Debts Rising in America
In this time, America owed millions to foreign countries. Debts caused inflation on taxpayers around the nation.
Rock and Roller Cola Wars Heat Up!
Coca Cola and Pepsi, soft drink rivals, have been battling in the market for years. The two companies used famous Rock and Roll icons to promote their soda and appeal to buyers.
China is Under Matrial Law!
In Tiananman Square in Beijing, China, protesters marched. As a result, citizens were killed and China was under martial law.
Berlin Wall Comes Tumbling Down
On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall was torn down and East and West Berlin were finally unified after 30 years of seperation!