The decade of the 1950’s was marked by the baby boom, the Cold War, the Iron Curtain, Hollywood blacklists, drive-in movies, suburban build ups, rock and roll, nuclear proliferation, and the space race.
People survived the decade without cable TV, satellite communications, the Internet, GPS devices, PC’s, laptops, CD’s, cell phones, hand held media devices, VCR’s, DVD’s, digital cameras and host of other gadgets.
Think of how times have changed!
Here is a brief look at some people and events from the year 1950.
Harry Truman (Democrat) was the President of the United States.
Congressman Sam Rayburn (Democrat – Texas) was the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican – Wisconsin) claimed that the State Department has been infiltrated by communists. McCarthyism would be a new term added to the American vocabulary in the 1950’s.
The annual unemployment rate for 1951 was 5.3%
The New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies in a 4-0 game sweep in the World Series.
Ezzard Charles was the heavyweight boxing champion. (NBS & NYSAC)
In the 1950 World Cup Soccer Championship – Uruguay defeated Brazil 2-1
Arts and Entertainment
The 22ndAcademy Awards were hosted by Paul Douglas on March 23, 1950. The Best Picture Award for 1949 went to “All the Kings Men.” (The event was not televised)
The prime time Emmy Awards went to the “Texaco Star Theatre” and “The Ed Wynn Show.” Television was a new form of media and not every family had one.
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner was, “The Way West”, written by A.B. Guthrie Jr.
The U.S. Census occurs every ten years. Per the 1950 census, the population of the United States was 150,697,361 people.
The Korean War started on June 25, 1950.
History can be fun – feel free to add events in the comments section. If you remember 1950 your recollections of the time would be greatly welcomed.
US Census Bureau www.census.gov
Bureau of Labor Statistics www.bls.gov