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The end of World War II had brought thousands of young servicemen back to America to pick up their lives and start new families in new homes with new jobs. With an energy never before experienced, Americans began buying goods not available during the war.

The 1950s marked the official start of the "Space Age." At White Sands, New Mexico, in Huntsville, Alabama, and at Cape Canaveral, Florida, American rocket scientists worked sleeplessly to design and perfect launch vehicles.

The 50's were the time when the shape of the political landscape in the world could be clearly defined between the Soviet dominated East and the capitalist West. With the creation of the new State of Israel there were many conflicts in the middle east which are still occurring to this day.

The cold war became a grim reality because both sides had the power and technology for a Nuclear holocaust, but equally both knew any war could not truly be won. America had just begun her recovery from World War II, when suddenly the Korean Conflict developed. The USSR became a major enemy in the Cold War.

The word Teenager was created in the 1950’s due to the tremendous population of those in this age category and because teenagers started gaining more independence and freedoms.

Teenagers were able to buy more things like food, clothes and music because of an increase in spending money. Popular dances of the 1950's included bop, stroll( line dance), swing, hully gully, peppermint, twist, mashed potato, the pony, swim, bunny hop. Popular artists included Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Dinah Shore.

The exciting 1950s cars!

Poodle skirts made of felt and decorated with sequins and poodle appliques were popular. Girls wore pony tails and flat tops and crew cuts for guys. Saddle shoes and blue suede loafers were popular. First dating was usually at school dances. Some boys and girls were going steady, which meant you wore the boys ring or a special necklace such as a heart around your neck. Fifties clothing was conservative. Men wore gray flannel suits and women wore dresses with pinched in waists and high heels.

Perhaps one of the things which most characterizes the 1950's was the strong element of conservatism and anticommunist feeling which ran throughout much of society. One of the best indicators of the conservative Republican frame of mind was the addition of the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. There is a now a growing movement to remove it.

During the 1950's, television became the dominant mass media as people brought television into their homes in greater numbers of hours per week than ever before. In the early fifties, young people watched TV more hours than they went to school, a trend which has not changed greatly since that time.

Westerns were getting bigger in the 1950s, with films like High Noon starring Gary Cooper, and Cheyenne with Clint Walker, wrangling moviegoers back to the time of outlaws and wild shoot-outs. There was no shortage of war movies: Musicals including Singing in the Rain and An American in Paris with Gene Kelly were released and White Christmas starring Bing Crosby. Animated films included Walt Disney's Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

Beatniks, a culture of teenage and young adults who were seen as rebels and against the social norms, were popularized towards the end of the decade and criticised by older generations.

The average annual salary was $2,992 in 1950.
The first modern credit card was introduced 1950.
1950 - President Harry Truman approves production of the hydrogen bomb.
Peanuts Cartoon Strip appear in 1950.
The Mills Brothers were popular with teenagers and adults.
Bomb shelter plans become widely available.
Korean War begins in 1950.
The "Roy Rogers Show" was starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, 1951-57.
Truman Signs Peace Treaty With Japan, Officially Ending WWII 1951.
1952 -3D cartoons and movies made their debut.
Say kids, what time is it? -It's Howdy Doody Time!>
Albert Schweitzer is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.
Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen at age 25 1952
Car seat belts introduced 1952 and most people would not use them.
The first Matchbox vehicles came in 1952.
Between 1952 and 1957, American Bandstand was a local Philadelphia music show.
1953 - Fighting ends in Korea.
Playboy was founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953.
Say the secret word and win $100! - win Groucho's money (You Bet Your Life)
Joseph Stalin dies in 1953.
Transistor Radio come out in 1953 by Texas Instruments
Solar Cell first used in 1954, USA development.
1954 - U. S. Senator Joseph McCarthy begins televised hearings.
Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman.
The first organ transplants were done in Boston and Paris in 1954.
First Atomic Submarine Launched 1954.
Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer 1954.
Brylcreem and other hair tonics had a period of popularity.
Atomic Clock was invented in England in 1955.
1955 - Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus in Alabama.
Disneyland opens in California in 1955.
1955 Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine for polio.
McDonald's Corporation Founded 1955.
Video recorder and video tape introduced in 1956.
Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco 1956.
Audiences find movies too expensive in 1956, so they stay at home to watch TV.
T.V. Remote Control Invented 1956.
Velcro introduced 1956.
>Sputnik 1 was launched in 1957.
The Boomerang was introduced as a toy to the kids in the USA.
>Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat 1957.
Computer modem created in 1958.
Microchip developed in 1958 by Jack Kilby.
The first aluminum Christmas trees were sold in 1958.
Lego Toy Bricks first introduced 1958.
Hula Hoops become popular 1958.
NASA was founded 1958.
1958 - Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite, successfully orbits the earth.
In 1959 Fidel Castro overthrew the corrupt Batista regime in Cuba.
Barbie is a best-selling fashion doll launched in 1959.
1959 - Alaska and Hawaii become the forty-ninth and fiftieth states.

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