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Friday, August 1, 2014

1953 - TV Guide debuts

1953 Events & Facts

MAJOR EVENTS:

  • Nikita Khrushchev wins power struggle in Soviet Union after the death of Josef Stalin
  • Josef Broz Tito elected president of Yugoslavia
  • Convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed
  • Korean armistice signed
  • U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services) created
  • Soviet Union detonates its first hydrogen bomb

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

  • President Eisenhower ends all wage, salary and price controls

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

  • U.S. Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager sets speed record in X-1 rocket plane
  • An expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary is the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest
  • James Watson and Francis Crick determine the structure of DNA
  • Alfred Kinsey publishes Sexual Behavior in the Human Female
  • First clear evidence linking lung cancer to cigarette smoking

SPORTS:

  • World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-2 (fifth consecutive win)
  • St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore to become the Orioles
  • Boston Braves move to Milwaukee

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Movies: Roman Holiday, From Here to Eternity, The Robe (first major motion picture filmed in wide-screen CinemaScope)
  • Songs: Doggie in the Window, I Believe, Stranger in Paradise, I Love Paris
  • TV Shows: Twenty Questions, Red Skelton Show, GE Theatre, Make Room for Dauly
  • Books: Casino Royale, Ian Fleming; Battle Cry, Leon Uris

EVERYDAY LIFE:

  • TV Guide debuts; on the cover of the first issue are Lucille Ball and her newborn son, Desi Arnaz IV 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

1952 - Microwave ovens made available for domestic use

 

1952 Events & Facts

MAJOR EVENTS:

  • Dwight Eisenhower elected President over Adlai Stevenson by wide margin; Republicans gain control of White House and both houses of Congress
  • Korean conflict continues as truce attempts fail
  • Princess Elizabeth of Britain coronated queen upon the death of her father, King George VI
  • U.S. begins construction of first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus
  • U.S. detonates world’s first hydrogen bomb
  • Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Richard Nixon defends himself against charges of maintaining a secret slush fund in his "Checkers" speech, broadcast on national television
  • Violent protests erupt in Egypt
  • Britain develops atomic bomb

BUSINESS & ECONOMY:

  • Green-tinted chlorophyll becomes a popular aulitive to a variety of food and medicinal products as a breath aid (a benefit soon to be disputed by many doctors and scientists)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

  • First contraceptive pill developed
  • Dr. Jonas Salk develops polio vaccine

SPORTS:

  • World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-3
  • Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland
  • John Cobb sets a water speed record of 206.89 m.p.h. on Loch Ness, Scotland; is killed in process

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

  • Movies: Limelight, High Noon, The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Songs: It Takes Two to Tango, Your Cheatin’ Heart, Wheel of Fortune
  • TV Shows: Our Miss Brooks, Jackie Gleason Show, I Love Lucy, Dina Shore, Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
  • Books: The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway; East of Eden, John Steinbeck; The Grass Harp, Truman Capote; The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale
  • Revised Standard Version of the Bible published

EVERYDAY LIFE:

  • 1952 presidential campaigns are the first to be broadcast on television
  • Microwave ovens made available for domestic use; first models are the size of refrigerators and cost over $1,200

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Monday, May 12, 2014

1924 - Racism

 


 I love this picture. Just shows, no one is born a racist!



We've always heard about America's racist past and how our ancestors were terribly cruel to their neighbors from different cultures. I know personally that is not the case in many families.

My husband has a story. His grandfather was living in Kansas. Probably around the 20's. Next door, lived a poor black family. One time, while in town, a group of white-men, circled around Grandpa, and asked him to come to a community meeting. Grandpa didn't know - he thought they were just trying to be friendly. So that evening, he went over and it was a KKK meeting and they were all up in arms, over the black family, living next to him. He left the meeting - went home and got his shotgun. Went back to the KKK meeting and announced,  "if any of you, even came close to my property or my neighbors property, I will hoot and ask questions later."

During the depression, many of the people lost their jobs. Grandpa was doing quite well, in comparison, due to his farming and for a good stretch of the depression, he supported not only his family, but the black family next door.