1950's History


The most important historical and life changing events from the 1950's through 1961, lined into a timeline.

Bombs Away

1950 - 1953

President Harry Truman ( until 1952) approves production of the hydrogen bomb and sends air force and navy to Korea in June.

Television Teller

1951 - 1952

Transcontinental television begins with a speech by President Truman.

The Act

1952 - 1953

The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952 removes racial and ethnic barriers to becoming a U.S. citizen.

Finished Fight

1953 - 1954

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are electrocuted for their part in World War II espionage. AND
Fighting ends in Korea.

President Picked

1953 - 1961

Dwight D. Eisenhower is president.

Public Pressure

1954 - 1955

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.

Million Members

1955 - 1956

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

Rosa's Rights

1955 - 1956

Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Highway History

1956 - 1957

The Federal Highway Act is signed, marking the beginning of work on the interstate highway system.

American Air

1958 - 1959

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.

Final Fit

1959 - 1960

Alaska and Hawaii become the forty-ninth and fiftieth states.