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What was television like in the 1950s ? Was it really a golden age?
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In 1961, shortly after President John F. Kennedy appointed me chairman
of the Federal
Communications Commission, I told the nation's broadcasters, the
people who in those days ran the television business, that they had made
television into a "vast wasteland."
A look at ads through the decades of TV.
On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier
experimental rocket plane. From that point forward, all of us yearned to
go faster. We demanded big, powerful overhead-valve high-octane
engines in our cars (instead of those puny, low-octane L-head
which were carryovers from the Thirties, for Pete's sake!).
The very first cartoon created by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera for their
new company after leaving Tom & Jerry behind at MGM.
"The Mickey Mouse Club Page." Learn a little bit about The
Club, it's creators
and how the show was conducted.
It was the age of the atom, and the dawn of Saturday
morning as the original Baby Boomers tuned in to see Howdy Doody,
Mighty Mouse Playhouse, and Kukla, Fran and Ollie…
When CBS premiered "The $64,000 Question" in 1955, the show
was more than a
hit; it was a national phenomenon. More quiz shows followed. What
was to learn, much later, was that many of these shows were
painfully, the deceit unravelled. A look at the formative years
of television and the
scandal's impact on the TV business and a naive America.
TV in the
Fifties TV - The Classic TV-- The
first thing you need to know is that there wasn't much of it. Mostly, in
the afternoons and evenings.
Timeline history of television
The Cold War
The United Fruit Company
Born in 1913 in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Son of a Swiss immigrant
married to a Guatemalan woman
Arbenz grew as a member of the, by then, tiny Guatemalan middle class.
ThinkQuest—Experience Cuba. Fidel
Castro was born on August 13, 1926.
1958, the official start of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), was the beginning of a rich history of
and technological achievements in human space flight.
ThinkQuest: Fourteen Days
in October--Born in 1894 to a miner in
Kalinovka, Nikita Khrushchev spent
his early years working as a
shepherd and locksmith. After fighting in World War I, he joined
the Communist party and the Red Army in 1918 and fought in the
On July 16, 1945, at a site called Trinity, a
plutonium bomb was assembled and brought to the top of a tower.
The bomb was detonated, producing an intense flash and a fireball that
expanded to 600 meters in two seconds.
Bomb Shelters Were All the Rage
The 1950s were a time of unprecedented propperity and unprecedented
A guide to nuclear survival -- This 1950s film strip will bring back
memories for those who learned the lessons of nuclear survival in
school. At the same
time, it suggests the cavalier attitudes toward the
long-term effects of radiation and the devistation nuclear war
On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, we welcome you to the
Korean War Commemoration web site. This is the official, public
access web site for the Department of Defense commemoration of
the 50th Anniversary of the
Korean War and is the starting point for all public information
regarding events during the commemoration period which runs from June
25, 2000 through November 11, 2003.
A network of spies, gleaning secrets of the atom bomb, a host of
couriers and traitors, led by an insignificant man, assisted by a
wife, caught by the testimony of the wife's brother, culminating
unprecedented executions of both husband and wife --- this is the
setting for the most sensational espionage case of World War Two
and its aftermath: The case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
From Yalta to Malta: Experience CNN's landmark documentary series
in this award-winning Web site: Navigate interactive maps,
See rare archival footage online, Learn more about the key players, Read
recently declassified documents,
• Tour Cold War capitals through 3-D images
Hiss Spy Case
The headline blared from the front
page of the New York
Times on August 4, 1948: "RED 'UNDERGROUND' IN FEDERAL POSTS
ALLEGED BY EDITOR," it read. "IN NEW DEAL ERA. Ex-Communist
Names Alger Hiss, Then In State Department."
Periodically American society has been gripped by fear, and its
responses have not
done credit to its democratic nature. In this century the Red
Scare following World
War I (see Document 43) saw hundreds of innocent aliens rounded
up, imprisoned and
deported, for no reason other than fear of their allegedly radical
ideas. The Cold War
unleashed another Red Scare in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Man Who Fought McCarthy
Milo Radulovich, 26, was a WWII veteran, finishing his education at the
University of Michigan on the GI Bill. He was
hoping to get a degree in physics so
he could advance in his career as a meteorologist. He lived in
Dexter, Mi., with his
wife Nancy and their two daughters. He was doing very well in his
junior year and
hoped to obtain a government job after school.
Miller and McCarthy
The McCarthy era's anti-communist trials destroyed
lives and friendships. Arthur Miller describes the
paranoia that swept America - and the moment his
then wife Marilyn Monroe became a bargaining chip in
his own prosecution.
Nearly 40 years after the death of Senator Joseph R.
McCarthy, twice-elected United States Senator from
Wisconsin, the term "McCarthyism" is still widely used
as a convenient epithet for all
that is evil and despicable in the world
Roy Marcus Cohn was born in New York City on 20th February, 1927. His
father, Albert Cohn, was a New York State judge
and an important figure in the Democratic Party.
The 1947 House on Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings
targeted a core group of Hollywood screenwriters and one director, known
as the 'Hollywood 10'. Below is a list of some of the key players
involved. For more on the events leading to the creation of HUAC and the
1947 hearings go to the history section.
Music in the 50s
Radio stations ban Dottie O'Brien's "Four or
Five Times" and Dean Martin's "Wham Bam, Thank You
Ma'am" fearing they are
ALAN FREED, the disc jockey credited with
naming rock & roll, was born Albert
James Freed on December 21, 1921,
near Johnstown, PA. In 1933 the Freed family moved to Salem,
Welcome to Elvis Presley's Graceland! This is the only world wide web
exclusively authorized and maintained by
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
. . where you will find a tribute to 20 great bluesmakers. You might
call this The Blue Highway's Hall of Fame or just a gathering place for
some of my all-time favorites.
Regardless, I think these folks represent the essence of the
blues. They're of the first generation of the blues. They created the
blues. They are the blues.
Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born on October 18, 1926 at 2520 Goode
Avenue(now Annie Malone Drive) in St. Louis, MO.
On: Rock and Roll Hall of
A new permanent exhibit in the Ahmet Ertegun
Exhibit Hall, Rave On pays tribute to the pioneers who created the sound and style of
rock and roll, including Little
Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, the
Coasters, Buddy Holly.
Day the Music Died
February 3, 1959
Issues of the 50s
vs. Board of Education of Topeka
In the Midwest town of Topeka, Kansas, a little girl named Linda Brown
had to ride the bus five miles to school each day although a public
school was located only four blocks from her house. The school
wasn't full and the little girl met all of the requirements to attend
— all but one that is. Linda Brown was black. And blacks weren't
allowed to go to white children's schools.
This novel is a soaring and exalted record of a Negro's journey through
contemporary America in search of success, companionship, and, finally,
himself; like all our fictions devoted to the idea of experience,
it moves from province to city, from naive faith to disenchantment; and
despite its structural incoherence and occasional pretentiousness of
manner, it is one of the few remarkable first novels we have had in some
"America demands a poetry that is bold, modern and all-surrounding
and kosmical, as she is herself." Although Walt Whitman wrote that
prescription shortly after the Civil War, it also vividly describes the
generation of American poets who came of age after World War II.
Kicks: The Beat Generation
Like the French Impressionist artists of Paris, the Beat writers were a
small group of close
friends first, and a movement later. The term "Beat
Generation" gradually came to represent an entire period in
time, but the entire
original Beat Generation in literature was small enough to have fit
into a couple of cars. At times this nearly happened.
The history of literature has been "landmarked" by countless
movements of varying styles and direction. The Beat Page is dedicated to
the movement that
began in the early 1950's with a small and tightly connected
group of young writers who demonstrated a care-free, often wreckless and
approach to literature as well as a demonstrative social stance
toward what was sometimes referred to as "The
and Cool Jazz
In the early 1940's, a group of young musicians began experimenting with
more complicated chord patterns and melodic ideas in a combo setting.
included trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, alto saxophonist Charlie
Parker, pianists Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and drummers Kenny
Clarke and Max Roach. The style they developed became known as bebop or
Good evening, my fellow Americans: First, I should like to express my
gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunity they
have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our
nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing
you this evening.
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