The most important historical and life changing events from the 1950's through 1961, lined into a timeline.
President Harry Truman ( until 1952) approves production of the hydrogen bomb and sends air force and navy to Korea in June.
Transcontinental television begins with a speech by President Truman.
The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 removes racial and ethnic barriers to becoming a U.S. citizen.
Dwight D. Eisenhower is president.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are electrocuted for their part in World War II espionage. AND
Fighting ends in Korea.
U. S. Senator Joseph McCarthy begins televised hearings into alleged Communists in the army. AND
Racial segregation is ruled unconstitutional in public schools by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge making the new AFL-CIO an organization with 15 million members. AND
In Dr. Jonas Salk developed a vaccine for polio
The Federal Highway Act is signed, marking the beginning of work on the interstate highway system.
Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite, successfully orbits the earth. AND
The first domestic jet-airline passenger service is begun by National Airlines between New York City and Miami.
Alaska and Hawaii become the forty-ninth and fiftieth states.