If you were born in the 50's your parents spurred the biggest story of the 20th century - the rise of the middle class - and millions of Americans left the cities for the suburbs to own a home of their own - a building boom was on.
1950 Events & Facts
Posted By:Babyboomers.com Staff
Sep 21 2020
What Happened in 1950?
North Korea invades South Korea; U.N. forces arrive to counter the invasion, but are forced to withdraw. President Truman declares state of emergency after Communist China becomes involved in the conflict.
Communist Chinese forces occupy Tibet
Senator Joseph McCarthy warns of communist infiltration of State Department
Failed assassination attempt on President Truman by Puerto Rican nationalists
Congress passes laws that restrict communists and communist parties in the U.S.
Accused communist spy Alger Hiss convicted of perjury
National Council of Churches formed
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:
Antihistamines become popular as cold relief medications
New York’s Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel opens
World Series: New York Yankees over Philadelphia, 4-0
Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA
The FIFA World Cup is held in Brazil and Uruguay wins the title
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Movies:Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve
Songs:A Bushel and a Peck, Good Night Irene, Mona Lisa, C’est Si Bon
TV Shows:Arthur Godfrey and Friends, Lux Video Theatre, Fred Waring Show, Your Show of Shows, Your Hit Parade, Fireside Theatre
Books:The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury; Across the River and Into the Trees, Ernest Hemmingway; Darkness at Noon, Sidney Kingsley; The Way West, A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
"Cool jazz" gains popularity
Guys and Dolls premieres
George Bernard Shaw dies
TV hero Hopalong Cassidy peaks in popularity
14 million television sets sold in U.S., increasing the number in service by ten-fold