The 1950's

  • Cold war

    Cold war
    Sustained state of political and military tensions between USA and Soviet Union.
  • Automobile Revolution

    Automobile Revolution
    During the 50's cars become more common. -Allows people to become more mobile. -Changes the marriage rituals from courting to dating. (more freedom)
  • Teenagers

    Though the term “teenager” had been previously used, the need for teens to have their own distinct social group skyrocketed during the 1950’s. Before then there was a gray area between childhood and adulthood. The 1950’s was a time when teens were given more freedom they had been before. This also caused more adolescents to rebel against their parents.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    The Korean War lasted from the 1950 to about 1953
  • First Organ Transplant

    First Organ Transplant
    -On December 23, the first successful living-related kidney transplant led by Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. David Hume at Brigham Hospital in Boston -A kidney was transplanted from Ronald Herrick into his identical twin, Richard.
  • Color TV

    Color TV
    First color TV was introduced into america
  • Hydrogen Bomb

    Hydrogen Bomb
    -Thermonuclear bomb -First tested on November 1, 1952 -Biggest bomb ever tested by US
  • DNA Discovered

    DNA Discovered
    In 1953, American biologist James Watson and English physicist Francis Crick concluded that DNA molecule exists in the form of a three dimensional double helix. The famous “photograph 51” revealed the helical structure of DNA.
  • Segregation Law

    Segregation Law
    On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was “inherently unequal.” The court stated that racial segregation violated the 14th amendment. Case was called Brown vs. Board of Education. Even though it was determined illegal in 1954, it took several years to desegregate every school in the US.
  • Disneyland Opens

    Disneyland Opens
    On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened for a few thousand specially invited visitors; the following day, Disneyland officially opened to the public. Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California on what used to be a 160-acre orange orchard, cost $17 million to build. The original park included Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. "The first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement"
  • Cat in the Hat

    Cat in the Hat
    Dr. suess had written and published the cat and the hat on this day
  • Sputnik

    Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. It was a 585 mm diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennae to broadcast radio pulses. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957
  • Fidel Castro

    Fidel Castro
    Fidel Castro became dictator of Cuba is 1959
  • NASA

    NASA was founded in July 29, 1958
    NASA was formed because of the sputnik crisis of confidence.
  • First Seat Belts

    First Seat Belts
    First Seat Belts added to the production line of cars was the 3-point saftey seat belt