A. Political/International Relations/ Military Events:
"Harry Truman" 1949- Harry S Truman became U.S. President when President Roosevelt died in 1945. He was responsible for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan and ending World War II. Truman initiated the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after the war. He brought the United States into the Korean War. His presidency was a turning point in foreign affairs
"North Korea and South South Korea" 1950- The division of Korea between North and South Korea was the result of the Allied victory in World War II in 1945, ending the Empire of Japan's 35-year rule of Korea. The United States and the Soviet Union occupied the country, with the boundary between their zones of control along the 38th parallel. The war resulted in a stalemate, and Korea is still divided to this day.
"H-bomb" 1951-On May 12, the United States detonated a hydrogen bomb on an island in the Pacific. The hydrogen bomb is many times more powerful than an atomic bomb. The Russian development of an A–bomb convinced the US to proceed with development of the H–bomb. In a thermonuclear weapons, the fission process is only the beginning. Modern nuclear weapons, such as the United States' B83 bombs, use a similar fission process to what is used in atomic bombs today.
"Terror on the Airlines" 1964-1989- Numerous airline hijackings were in the news. Today airline terror attacks are still common. the last attack was in February 2, 2016 on Daallo Airlines Flight 159.Only the terrorist was killed by the explosive. He was drawn out of the plane
"Television" 1950- Television became popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Most large cities had only one station. Sets in those days had 10 inch screens and were in black and white. Color was introduced in 1951, but it was years later until color television became universally popular.
"Vaccine" 1952-The vaccine to the dreaded disease polio was discovered by Jonas Salk and distributed to the world. Today a variety of vaccines are used to treat many diseases worldwide.
"Children of Thalidomide" 1958 Thalidomide was a medication intended for pregnant women to combat morning sickness and as an aid to help them sleep. Between 1957 and 1962, children of women who took the drug thalidomide during pregnancy were born with severe deformities, including only stubs for arms. Because of this tragedy, the drug was taken off the market in 1962. After years of research on the uses of thalidomide, it was allowed to be used to prevent nausea in chemotherapy patients, as well as treating painful skin conditions. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval for thalidomide in special cases.
"Palestine" 1964-1989- Palestinians protested unfair treatment by the Israelis. today The 2014 Fatah–Hamas Gaza Agreement provided for elections and the formation of a compromise unity government.
C. Social/cultural developments
"Marilyn Monroe" 1950- an American actress and model. Famous for playing comic "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. still today she remains a sex symbol, beauty icon and one of the most famous stars of classical Hollywood cinema.
"Disney land" 1955- Disneyland opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California. It was a theme park, developed by Walt Disney and based around his cartoon characters. It was designated as a place for family entertainment. Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year.
"James Dean" 1955- James Dean was a movie star who became a symbol of young people for his role in the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Dean's iconic appeal has been attributed to the public's need for someone to stand up for the disenfranchised young of the era] and to the air of androgyny that he projected onscreen. His estate still earns about $5,000,000 per year.
"Punk rock" 1964-1989- Punk rock hits the music scene with such groups as the Sex Pistols, who would spit at the audience. There's no question that the contemporary landscape in punk music and culture looks remarkably different from 1976, or even 2006.
Fun fact- On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its doors in Anaheim, California; it was a disaster. The summer heat was so intense that women's heels were sinking into the soft asphalt, refreshment stands ran out of drinks, some rides were breaking down, and there was a gas leak.
Fun fact- Marilyn Monroe almost chose the screen name of Jean Adair before settling on Marilyn Monroe.
We think he choose these things in his song to represent what happened around him growing up in his time.