Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Where were you in 1958?



 1958 Events & Facts


  • Efforts at school desegregation in the southern U.S. are met with impassioned resistance
  • U.S. launches its first satellite, Explorer I; NASA established
  • Vice President Richard Nixon’s goodwill tour of South America sparks open protests and rioting
  • Egypt and Sudan form the United Arab Republic
  • U.S. Marines intervene in Lebanon to bolster government


  • Economic slowdown in U.S. causes sharp rise in unemployment


  • Nuclear submarine U.S.S. Nautilus makes the first underwater crossing of the North Pole
  • U.S. launches satellites that detect the Van Allen radiation belts around the earth, and determine that the earth is not perfectly round
  • Experimental nuclear power plant goes into operation


  • World Series: New York Yankees over Milwaukee, 4-3
  • Arnold Palmer wins his first Masters golf tournament


  • Movies: Gigi, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Me and the Colonel
  • Songs: Catch a Falling Star, Chipmunk Song, Volare, The Purple People Eater, At the Hop
  • TV Shows: You Asked for It, Wagon Train, To Tell the Truth, The Rifleman, Donna Reed Show, Have Gun Will Travel
  • Books: A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry; Exodus, Leon Uris; Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternak; Masters of Deceit, J. Edgar Hoover; Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote; The Affluent Society, John K. Gailbraith
  • The "Cha Cha" becomes a dance craze
  • New York’s Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens


  • Stereo recordings become available
  • "Barbie" doll introduced, becoming an instant success


  • "Hula Hoops" become a national craze

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gifts our parents gave to us (rerun)

Christmas time was a magical time for me as a child. Both my folks were born in the mid 30's, during the depression and times were hard back then - so when they became parents, they literally showered us with toys and gifts and Christmas excitement.  They were the first generation of parents, after the depression and WW2, who were able to spoil their children.

By today's standards, they probably spoiled us too much with the material gifts. Their hearts were always in the right place - only wanting for us, what they never had. 

Besides the gifts, however there was a spirit, that became alive, during Christmas. I almost can't explain it - something that wasn't around when I had my children and certainly is not around presently. Ah, perhaps I am looking back and remembering it all as a child, instead of an adult. You see, that in itself is a lasting gift, my parents gave to me. They believed what every child needed back then, was toys and toys and more toys. I can hardly remember the toys - what I do remember is the love and time they put into making a Christmas memory that will no doubt carry me, till the day I remember no more.

What a beautiful gift I am still enjoying.

This is a rerun post from 12/17/12

Monday, December 1, 2014

1957 - 71 cities have populations of one million or more

*Elvis receives draft notice 12/20/57*

1957 Events & Facts


  • Soviet Union inaugurates the "Space Age" by launching Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite. A month later Sputnik II carries a dog into orbit, making that dog the first living being to enter space.
  • President Eisenhower announces "Eisenhower Doctrine," pledging defense of Miulle Eastern nations against communism
  • Federal troops ordered to enforce integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Israel withdraws from Sinai Peninsula
  • European Common Market created
  • Britain detonates hydrogen bomb; U.S. conducts first underground nuclear test
  • Despite record-setting filibuster by Sen. Strom Thurmond, Congress approves the first significant civil rights legislation since the Civil War


  • Teamsters union expelled from the AFL-CIO for failing to deal with organized crime


  • Successful Sputnik satellites mark the beginning of the "Space Race," with intensive efforts by both the U.S. and Soviet Union to achieve space milestones.
  • 67 nations participate in International Geophysical Year of earth science research
  • Growth-producing hormone discovered
  • Interferon discovered


  • World Series: Milwaukee over New York Yankees, 4-3
  • At age 13, Bobby Fischer becomes a chess champion
  • New York Giants move to San Francisco; Brooklyn Dodgers move to Los Angeles


  • Movies: The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Prince and the Showgirl, Twelve Angry Men, Love in the Afternoon
  • Songs: Young Love, Tonight, Wake Up Little Susie, That’ll Be the Day, Jailhouse Rock
  • TV Shows: Phil Silvers Show, Father Knows Best, Price is Right, American Bandstand, Twenty-One, Leave it to Beaver, Nat "King" Cole Show
  • Books: On the Road, Jack Kerouac; Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand; The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss
  • West Side Story and The Music Man open in New York
  • And God Created Woman, a film starring Bridgette Bardot, becomes a controversial sensation; many communities ban the film based on its supposed sexual content
  • Humphrey Bogart dies


  • "Beatnik" enters the vernacular as a description of the emerging "Beat Generation" counterculture movement


  • 71 cities have populations of one million or more in 1957; 40 years earlier such cities numbered only 16

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Life in 1956

1956 the increase in living standards and the focus on education helped to fuel the increase in college education with 1 in 3 high school graduates now going off to college. TV shows included "As The World Turns" and "The Price is Right". Mothers could now buy disposable diapers and tefal non stick Frying Pans. Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan show and enters the music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel".

Cost of Living 1956 

How Much things cost in 1956

Yearly Inflation Rate USA 1.52%

Yearly Inflation Rate UK 4.7% 4.7%

Average Cost of new house $11.700.00 
  Average Monthly Rent $88.00  
Average Yearly Wages $4.450.00  

cost of a gallon of Gas 22 cents Average 
Cost of a new car $2,050.00  
Ground Coffee per LB 85 Cents

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

News events for 1956

Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of USSR Communist Party, denounces Stalin's excesses
 (Feb. 24). 

  • First aerial H-bomb tested over Namu islet, Bikini Atoll > 10 million tons TNT equivalent (May 21). 

  •  Workers' uprising against Communist rule in Poznan, Poland, is crushed (June 28–30); rebellion inspires Hungarian students to stage a protest against Communism in Budapest (Oct. 23).

  • Egypt takes control of Suez Canal (July 26). 
  • Hungarian rebellion forces Soviet troops to withdraw from Budapest (Oct.). 
  • Israel launches attack on Egypt's Sinai peninsula and drives toward Suez Canal (Oct. 29). 
  •  Imre Nagy announces Hungary's withdrawal from Warsaw Pact (Nov. 1); 
  • Soviet troops enter and reclaim Budapest (Nov. 4). 
  • British and French invade Port Said on the Suez Canal (Nov. 5). 
  • Cease-fire forced by U.S. pressure stops British, French, and Israeli advance (Nov. 6). 
  • Morocco gains independence.
  •  Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal.
  •  Allen Ginsberg's Howl.

  • Saturday, November 1, 2014

    1956 - My Fair Lady opens in New York

    1956 Events & Facts


    • Dwight Eisenhower re-elected President, defeating Adlai Stevenson handily for a second time
    • Soviet leader Khrushchev publicly denounces Stalin, begins official policy of "de-Stalinization" in the USSR
    • Egypt seizes Suez Canal; Britain and France respond with force; U.S. and Soviet Union help negotiate a cease-fire
    • Israel invades Sinai Peninsula 
    • Soviet troops suppress a popular uprising against the communist regime in Hungary
    • Congress approves Highway Act, which allows for construction of the U.S. interstate highway system
    • Fidel Castro begins revolution in Cuba
    • Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with another vessel


    • Atomic Energy Commission approves development of commercial nuclear power plants
    • IBM founder Thomas J. Watson dies


    • First transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation
    • Dr. Albert Sabin develops oral polio vaccine


    • World Series: New York Yankees over Brooklyn, 4-3
    • Olympic Games held in Melbourne, Australia


    • Movies: The Ten Commandments, Lust for Life, Around the World in 80 Days, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Seventh Seal
    • Songs: Don’t Be Cruel, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live
    • TV Shows: Danny Thomas Show, Perry Como Show, Ed Sullivan Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, December Bride, This is Your Life
    • Books: Peyton Place, Grace Metalious; Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy; The Last Hurrah, Edwin O’Connor; The Organization Man, W.H. Whyte
    • Rock and roll becomes a national phenomenon, fueled by the popularity of Elvis Presley
    • My Fair Lady opens in New York
    • Grace Kelly marries Monaco’s Prince Rainier III
    • Artist Jackson Pollock dies


    • Interstate highway system authorized, helping to fuel a long-term trend toward the populating of suburban communities, often at the expense of established urban neighborhoods

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    1955 - Albert Einstein dies
    Best Actor (Ernest Borgnine)

      1955 Events & Facts


    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the first major event of the U.S. civil rights movement, a bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama
    • President Eisenhower suffers heart attack, is hospitalized for three weeks
    • World War II Allies sign treaty restoring Austria’s independence
    • Interstate Commerce Commission orders all U.S. interstate trains and buses to end segregation practices


    • The AFL and CIO labor unions merge


    • UHF television developed
    • Artificial diamonds created for the first time
    • Albert Einstein dies


    • World Series: Brooklyn over New York Yankees, 4-3
    • "Sugar" Ray Robinson wins world boxing championship


    • Movies: Marty, The Seven Year Itch, The Rose Tattoo, Smiles of a Summer Night
    • Songs: Rock Around the Clock, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Davy Crockett, Love is a Many Splendored Thing
    • TV Shows: Truth or Consequences, Lawrence Welk Show, The Honeymooners, Gunsmoke, Name that Tune, $64,000 Question, Lassie, You’ll Never Get Rich
    • Books: The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson; Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov; Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie


    • Disneyland opens in Anaheim, California
    • Rudolph Flesch publishes Why Johnny Can’t Read, a stinging criticism of U.S. education


    • Pink clothes for men become a fashion rage