Jul 28

Born in the 1950s- what do you remember?

Welcome and thanks for coming!

OK… I know.  If we were born in the 1950s then we probably don’t remember much from those years.  I remember running topless through the sprinkler in the back yard.  I remember the spiral staircase between the basement and the 1st floor of our apartment.  I remember my brother and sister trying to sneak a green bean into a piece of cake so I would eat my vegetables.  What do you remember?

You won’t find any of my memories on any lists of events from the 1950s, so here is a reminder of some of the big events of those years:

1950 peanuts

  • First modern credit card introduced
  • First Organ Transplant
  • First “Peanuts” cartoon strip
  • Korean War Begins


  • Color TV introducedcolor tvs
  • Rock and Roll begins


  • Car Seat Belts Introduced
  • Polio Vaccine Created
  • Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen at age 25


  • DNA Discovered
  • First Playboy magazine


  • First Atomic Submarine Launched
  • Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer smoking
  • Roger Bannister Breaks the Four-Minute Mile
  • Segregation ruled illegal in U.S.


  • Disneyland opens
  • McDonald’s Corporation Founded
  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus
  • Dr. Jonas Salk develops a vaccine for polio


  • Elvis gyrates on the Ed Sullivan show (isn’t it crazy that this would make lists?)
  • T.V. Remote Control Invented
  • Velcro Introduced
  • Althea Gibson became the first “person of color” to win a Grand Slam tennis title althea gibson


  • Dr. Seuss Publishes The Cat in the Hat
  • Soviet Satellite Sputnik Launches Space Age
  • Laika, the dog, becomes the first living animal to enter orbit (and sadly dies since the Russians didn’t have a plan for her return)

1958 peace symbol

  • Hula Hoops Become Popular
  • LEGO toy bricks first introduced
  • NASA Founded
  • Peace symbol created
  • The first domestic jet-airline passenger service is begun


  • The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway
  • U.S. Quiz Shows Found to be Fixed
  • Alaska and Hawaii become the forty-ninth and fiftieth states

Facts about this decade : 

Population: 151,684,000 (U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census)*
Unemployed:  3,288,000
Life expectancy:   Women 71.1,  men  65.6
Average Salary:  $2,992
Labor Force male/female: 5/2
Cost of a loaf of bread:  $0.14

Well, how was that for a stroll down memory lane?  Hopefully you find some of those things as interesting as I do.  Probably the one thing that has the biggest implication for our health is the report that showed that smoking causes cancer.  Imagine that!  And “more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette!”  There must be a lot of doctors with lung cancer.  If you’re a smoker, that would be the first area that I would recommend addressing on any health regime.

That’s all for today.  I hope you enjoyed it.  As always, if you have any comments, please leave them below.  If you want to share your memories from the 50’s, please do that as well.

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