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A retro journey through the news and history of the 1950s

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The Nation 1953


Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn


McCarthyism is gaining ground adn though President Eisenhower promises to fire federal workers taking the 5th amendment at the HUAC hearings he does condemn Senator Joe McCarthy's book burning proposals. Joe McCarthy biography


julius and ethel rosenberg 1953


Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty and sentenced to death as Soviet spies. President Eisenhower refused clemency but Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas stayed their executions 5 days until Novermber 19th so they would not be put to death on their wedding anniversary. Julius fried fast but it took three separate jolts and her head on fire to finish off Ethel. The harsh sentence was for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Russians. Though still controversial today, it is settled that though Julius was indeed a Soviet spy, Ethel officially was not and atomic secrets were not exposed. The Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Story.



abomb 1953An American Air Force B-47 accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on a house in South Carolina. The fissional material was in a separate area of the plane but the conventional explosion leveled a home. The accident was caused by Copt. Bruce Kulka slipping and grasping the harness pin for the bomb cradle, Mars Bluff, South Carolina.


Dwight Eisenhower 1953Department of Health, Education and Welfare established by the newly elected Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was renamed the Department of Health and Human Services in 1979.




earl warren 1953With the sudden demise of Supreme Court Chief Justice Vinson, President Eisenhower appointed three time Republican Governor of California Earl Warren to take his place. Chief Justice Earl Warren.

Nobel prizes 1953


George Marshall 1952
George Marshall - The Marshall Plan


Physics – Frits (Frederik) Zernike
Chemistry – Hermann Staudinger
Medicine – Hans Adolf Krebs, Fritz Albert Lipmann
Literature – Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
Peace – George Catlett Marshall


time magazine 1953

Konrad Adenauer
"More dramatically than headline or speech or essay, the music symbolized an amazing story. In 1953, only eight years after the shame, horror and impotence of defeat in mankind's bloodiest war, Germany came back. It was a world power once more. More than any other, the person who brought this about was the stolid old man who stood in Arlington, visibly moved by the strains of his national anthem echoing among the tombstones. He was Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the West German Republic, apostle of United Europe, 1953's Man of the Year." Konrad Adenauer Time Man of the Year

The World 1953

Joesph Stalin dead 1953

nikata krushchev 1953

Josef Stalin died and in the ensuing power struggle Nikita Khrushchev gradually won out. Khrushchev begins the de-Stalination of the Soviet Union, breaks diplomatic relations with Israel, sees to the detonation of the first USSR hydrogen bomb and is responsible for advancing the Soviet space program above and beyond the United States. Nikita Khrushchev bio.


korean war armistice 1953


The Korean War Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953, putting an end to the Korean War which claimed the lives 2.5 million Koreans and 36,000 American soldiers. A 2.5 mile demilitarized zone was drawn between North and South Korea which is still militarized today. The Korean War Armistice Agreement


queen elizabeth 2 1953


Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey on a very rainy day was on television and seen by millions. Queen Elizabeth II Coronation.

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