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Do you remember when children played outside from dawn to dusk? Crime rates were low? Those were the 1950s!

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes president in 1953.
  • Gas cost only 20 cents gallon.
  • The color television set was introduced.
  • Smokey the Bear becomes a household name.
  • In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that it is unconstitutional to have racial segregation in public schools.
  • Disneyland opens up in California in 1955.
  • Otis Elevator installs the first self-service elevator in Dallas.
  • Silly Putty was introduced to the world.
  • Alaska & Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states to join the United States of America in 1959.
  • Pogo sticks and hula-hoops were popular toys in the 50's.
  • In 1955, on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a brave woman by the
  • name of Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat.
  • In 1950, "Peanuts" and the Charlie Brown character is born.
  • Dr. Jonas Salk develops a vaccine for polio in 1955.
  • The first modern credit card was introduced.
  • The 1950s were credited with doing the first organ transplant.

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1950s Pictures