Interesting Facts about The 1950’s

Interesting Facts about The 1950’s

The 1950’s seem so long ago to most people, but there are a lot of interesting facts about the 1950’s which can be fun to read for anyone who was there or anyone who was not.

10″ records cost $2.85.

12″ records cost $4.85.

A Dog named Laika became the first live animal to enter space.

A Ford car cost $1339-$2262.

A loaf of bread cost 14 cents.

A new house cost $14,500.

A postage stamp cost 3 cents.

Albert Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1952.

Cartoonist Hank Ketcham introduces “Dennis the Menace.”

Castro became dictator of Cuba.

CBS begins broadcasting in color.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Mount Everest on May 29th 1953, the first to reach its summit.

Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin and James D. Watson discovered DNA in 1953.

Gas was 20 cents a gallon.

Hula Hoops became popular.

Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine in 1955.

Korean War began.

KRAFT® Deluxe process cheese slices are introduced.

Legos were introduced.

Mass production of computers began.

McDonalds corporation founded.

Milk was 82 cents a gallon.

Pillsbury and General Mills began offering prepared cake mixes.

Seeburg started selling jukeboxes that play 45 RPM records. These ended up soda shops, bowling alleys and bars as you see in many films and TV shows of the period and after.

Silly Putty is invented.

Sirloin steak cost 77 cents per pound.

Smokey the Bear gains national popularity.

The average income was $3,216 a year.

The color television set was introduced in the USA.

The first atomic Submarine was launched.

The first hydrogen bomb was ordered by president Harry Truman.

The first modern credit card was invented.

The first photocopying machine was created.

The first self-service elevator is installed by Otis Elevator in Dallas.

The population of the world was 2.52 billion

The Sound Of Music opened on Broadway.

The TV remote control was invented.

Unemployment was 5.3%

Walt Disney released Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland as well as other classics.

William Faulkner wins a Nobel prize for literature.