Joe McCarthy 1950- McCarthy was a US Senator that produced a list of names of political persons that he believed were communists. Most people were put to trial unfairly and most of their rights were ignored even though McCarthy had no solid evidence
H-Bomb 1952- In 1952 the Hydrogen Bomb was invented. It was many times more powerful than an atomic bomb and in fact required an atomic bomb to detonate. The United States exploded the first H-bomb and a few years later the Soviet Union then exploded their version of the bomb.
Panmunjom 1953- Panmunjom, Korea is where negotiations between the United Nations and the Communist North Koreans to end the Korean War took place.
Joseph Stalin 1953- Joseph Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union. He was a harsh leader who had millions of his people executed or sent to labor camps in Siberia.
Malcolm X 1953- Malcolm X came into the news when he preached separation of the races as part of the Black Muslim teachings. His real name was Malcolm Little, and he was the son of a lay Baptist minister.
Peter Pan 1954- Peter Pan was a top Broadway play starring Mary Martin, who flew through the air as Peter Pan.
Alabama 1955- In Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, African-American Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger, after the "white section" was filled, as was the law at that time. She was then arrested for her act of defiance.
Disneyland 1955 - Disneyland opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California. It was a theme park, developed by Walt Disney and based around his cartoon characters.
Elvis Presley 1956- Singer Elvis Presley became a national phenomenon with such number-one hit songs as Heartbreak Hotel, Don't Be Cruel and Hound Dog. He was called "Elvis the Pelvis" because of the way he shook his hips while dancing.
Chubby Checker 1960- Singer Chubby Checker came out with the song The Twist, which started a national dance sensation. Soon, not only teens but also adults where doing the twist. The dance was responsible for popularizing "fast dancing" or rock-and-roll among adults.
JFK Blown Away 1963 - President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. Kennedy was riding in an open-top automobile in a presidential motorcade when Lee Harvey Oswald shot him through the head with a sniper rifle from a sixth floor window of a nearby building.
Foreign Debts 1964- Foreign debts were causing an increase in inflation, as well as a burden on American taxpayers.