Remembering America 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation

Remembering American 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation

Remembering American 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation

Remembering American 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation. Baby Boomers are born after World War II. Baby Boomer are considered the “Special Generation” to any generation before them. The path for the baby boomer fortunes were set by generations before them. One of the strongest most resolute generations were the parents of baby boomer. This generation struggled through the Great Depression and fought won World War II. Imagine a generation that had a four term President. During the war while American men were fighting women were welcomed in the work force. There was a true sense of appreciation for veterans. The unemployment rate in 1950s was approximately 4.3%. Elected US Presidents had been veteran of WWII. This spanned from Eisenhower to George H. Bush. President Roosevelt had signed Social Security Act 1935. Introduced the GI bill (1944) which gave veterans the ability to seek higher education and to purchase homes.

placester fdrFrom 1945-1959 the American standard of living improved.  American middle class grew.

 

The heirs to their parents hard earned good fortunes were their children, Baby Boomers. The Special Generation were considered the most well fed, healthiest, most skilled and well educated. They were the  wealthiest of any generation before them. Why not, the US was out of the depression won World War II. Baby Boomer were raised during the time of American prosperity. Products were made in America.  Americans purchased American. Because after the war there was no real competition Europe and Japan were destroyed.

 

Remembering American 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation.  Guess when FDR was
nominated for his 4th term as President? Or when World War II ended? When postal stamps were granted for approval? Remember the Polaroid camera? What year was “Its’ A Wonderful Life” released? Did you know the color television was released in 1954? Who wrote “The Old Man and the Sea? When and who wrote this classic? When did Elvis Presley release “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog?” When did  Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states of the union? When did Elizabeth II become Queen of England? There is always conflict and peace. When were federal troops sent to Little Rock, Arkansas. When did Fidel Castro overthrow the Batista Government?When President Eisenhower gave us. interstate highways? All this and much more happen in American between 1944 to 1959.Remembering American 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation. Let us go down memory lane and review world events from 1944 to 1959.

Remembering America 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation

1944

  • Gandhi released from prison – May 5, 1944

    Mahatma Gandhi-Remembering America 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • FDR signed Servicemen’s Adjustment Act the GI Bill – June 22, 1944
  • FDR nominated 4th term as President of USA July 20, 1944
  • Anne Frank’s last diary entry and 3 day later she is arrested – August 1, 1944
  • United Negro College Fund Incorporates – August 24, 1944
  • George Bush, Senior ejected from burning airplane during WWII – September 2, 1944
  • FDR wins 4th term as President of USA – November 7, 1944
 
 

1945

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President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churhill

 
  • FDR, Churchill and Joseph Stalin arrive at Yalta near the end of WWII – February 4, 1945.
  • Tito forms government in Yugoslavia – March 7, 1945
  • General Dwight Eisenhower declares Western Front previously held by Germans broken – March 27, 1945.
  • “Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams premieres in New York, NY – March 31, 1945
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd President of USA dies – April 12, 1945
  • Harry Truman sworn in as 33rd President of USA – April 12, 1945
  • Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima – August 6, 1945
  • Japan surrender V-J Day end of WWII – September 2, 1945
  • Meet The Press radio premiere – October 5, 1945.
  • Chiang Kai Shek vs. Mao Tse-Tung Chinese civil war begins – October 11, 1945.
  • Paul Robeson receives Spingarn Medal – October 18, 1945.
  • Jackie Robinson signs contract with Montreal Royal – October 23, 1945
  • Argentina’s new dictator, Juan Peron – October 1945.
  • Cordell Hull establishing UN receives Nobel Peace Prize – November 12, 1945
 

1946

James Stewart

James Stewart- It’s A Wonderful Life

  • “Show Boat” opens in NYC – January 5, l946
  • “Annie Get Your Gun” premiere in NYC – May 16, 1946
  • Abullah ibn Hussein King of Jordan – May 25, 1946
  • Jordan independent from England – May 25, 1946
  • First President of Italy, Enrico de Nicola – June 28, 1946
  • Louis Reard debuts his bikini swimsuit design in Paris fashion show – July 5, 1946
  • President Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission – August 1, 1946
  • First Cannes Film Festival – September 1946 to Present
  • Pres. Harry Truman signs Civil Right #9808 by executive order – December 5, 1946
  • John D, Rockefeller, Jr gifts 6 Manhattan blocks to United Nations – December 12, 1946
  • “It’s A Wonderful Life” (Frank Capra) premieres – December 1946
  • University of Tennessee refuses to play University of Duquesne because they have Black player on their
  • team – December 23, 1946.
  • Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada – December 26, 1946.
  • President Harry Truman officially declares end of WWII – December 31, 1946
 

1947

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

 

  • 1st televised opening session of Congress – January 3, 1947
  • Jews and Arabs reject British proposal to split Palestine – February 7, 1947
  • Truman Doctrine for fight communism – March 12, 1947
  • 1st Tony Awards – April 6, 1947
  • Jackie Robinson signs with major leagues April 11, 1947
  • Japan forms democracy – May 3, 1947
  • Heavyweight champion Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello
  • Pakistan Independence’s from Britain – August 8,1947
  • United States Deptment of Defense formed – September 1947
  • Meet The Press makes television debut – November 1947
  • Princess Elizabeth (Britain) marries Duke Philip Mountbatten – November 1947
  • John Steinbeck publishes “Pearl” – November 1947
  • Joe Di Maggio wins 3rd MVP – November 27, 1947
 

1948

Polaroid Camera

Polaroid Camera sold 1948

  • Executive order sign by President Truman ends segregation in military – January 26, 1947
  • NASCAR incorporated – February 21, 1948
  • Chiang Kai-shek elected as president Nationalist China – April 1948
  • Polaroid camera sold in USA – April 1948
  • North China People’s Republic formed – September 1, 1948
  • Milton Berle starts TV career at Texaco Star Theater September 1948
  • Hamlet starring Lawrence Oliver open at Park Avenue Cinema – September 19

1950

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Sugar Ray Robinson

 
 
  • England recognizes Communist government of China – January 6, 1950
  • Israeli Knesset declares Jerusalem is capital of Israel – January 1950
  • 1st TV appearance for Bob Hope – April 1950
  • Elizabeth Taylor’s first marriage (Conrad Hilton, Jr) – May 1950
  • Abdel Rehim swims the English Channel – August 22, 1950
  • Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora. Wins middleweight champion boxing title – August 25, 1950
  • Uproar about the violent in Dick Tracy TV show – September 1950
  • Ralph J. Bunch wins Nobel peace prize – September 1950
  • Mother Teresa founded Mission of Charity in, India – October 26, 1950
  • King Faruk of Egypt demands all British troop be removed – November 1950
  • USA government granted approval to issue postage stamps – November 1950
  • General D. Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe – November 1950
  • Chinese troops enter Korea and cross 38th Parallel into South Korea – December 1950
  • In the France Union Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become independent states – December 1950
 
 

1951

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General Douglas Mac Arthur photo provided Google Images

 
  • 1951 Demonstration X-Ray Moving Pictures
  • Chinese troops capture Seoul, Korea – January 1951
  • Elizabeth Taylor divorces Conrad Hilton, Jr (1st divorce) – January 1951
  • 1st televised atomic explosion – February 1951
  • 1st demonstration of X-Ray moving pictures – February 1951
  • Victor Borge Show opens NBC TV – February 1951
  • Kwame Nkrumah wins election in Ghana – February 1951
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg convicted of espionage by Roy Cohen – March 1951
  • 2.9 million US troops in Korea – March 1951
  • President Harry Truman fires General Douglas Mac Arthur – April 1951
  • Dr. William Shockley invents junction transistor – July 1951
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah I assassinated – July 1951
  • Israeli government forms by Ben Gurion – October 7, 1951
  • Rocky Mariciano wins heavyweight championship from Joe Louis – October 26, 1951
  • Winston Churchill re-elected Prime Minister of Britain -October 1951
  • John H. Johnson founded Jet magazine -November 1951
  • Joe Mi Maggio retirement announcement – December 1951
 

1952

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Dwight Eisenhower

 
  • Dragnet (Jack Webb) premieres on NBC TV – January 1952
  • Nehru’s party wins election in India – January 1951
  • Elizabeth II proclaimed Queen of Britian – February 8, 1951
  • Dwight Eisenhower resigns as NATO’s Supreme Commander – April 1952
  • Tourist class is introduced by TWA – May 1952
  • Women of Greece gain the right to veto – May 1952
  • “I’ve Got A Secret” debuts on CBS-TV – June 1952
  • Egyptian government formed by Hussein Sirri Pasha – June 1952
  • General Dwight Eisenhower nominated by Republican Party for presidential candidate – July 1952
  • “Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway published – September 1952
  • Rocky Marciano KO’s Joe Walcott for heavyweight championship – September 1952
  • Frozen peas marketed by Clarence Birdseye – November 1952
  • Dwight Eisenhower (R) defeat Adlai Stevenson and is elected 34th President of US – November 1950
  • Christine Jorgenson first  person to undergo sex change operation – December 1952
 
 

1953

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  • Arthur Miller’s “Crucible” opens – January 1953
  • 1st jet transatlantic nonstop flight west-to-east April 1953
  • “TV Guide published – April 1953
  • Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (England)
  • Elvis Presley graduates from high school – June 1953
  • “26th of July Movement” Fidel Castro begins rebellion against Fulgenico Batista’s regime – July 26, 1953
  • UN and North Korea sign armistice – July 1953
  • 1st TV Dinner sold by Swanson -September 1953
  • Nikita Khrushchev 1st Secretary of USSR Communist Party – September 1953
  • Senator John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier – September 1953
 
 

1954

1954 1st Color Television

1954 1st Color Television

  • 1st Color TV 1954
  • 1st sport color casts Rose & Cotton Bowl – January 1, 1954
  • “Secret Storm” premieres 1st TV soap opera – February 1954
  • Four Puerto Ricans open fire in the United States House of Representative injuring 5 representatives – March 1954
  • Edward R. Murrow on “See It Now” criticizes Senator Joseph Mc Carthy – March 1954
  • Walter Cronkite and Jack Parr open “CBS Morning Show” – March 1954
  • RCA manufactures first color TV 12.5 screen approximately $1,000.00 – March 1954
  • President D. Eisenhower submits plans for interstate highways – July 1954
  • 1st commercial jet transport plane Boeing 707 built in US – July 1954
  • Sport Illustrated begins publication -August 1954
  • “Tonight Show” Steve Allen premieres – September 1954
  • English troop leave Egypt treaty signed – October 1954
  • Peter Pan opens with Mary Martin – October 1954
  • Occupation of Germany ends for England, France and USSR – October 1954
  • V-8 engine unveiled by Chevrolet – October 1954
  • Walt Disney “Disneyland” premiere ABC – October 1954
  • Nobel prize for literature Ernest Hemingway wins – October 1954
  • Fulgencio Batista elected President of Cuba – November 1954
  • Joseph Mc Carthy admonshed by US Senate for slander – November 1954
  • Joe Mc Carthy censured by US Senate – December 1954
  • Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Albert Schweitzer – December 1954
  • Gary, Indiana has 1st automated railroad freight yard – December 1954
 
 

1955

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Disneyland opens1955

 
  • Disneyland opens in Anaheim, CA July 1955
  • USSR built space center Baikonur, Kazachstan — February 1955
  • Elvis Presley make first television appearance “Louisiana Hayride” – March 1955
  • “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” Tennessee Williams opens – March 1955
  • Marlon Brando wins 27th Academy Award for “On The Waterfront”- March 1955
  • Military signed by British government with Iraq – April 1955
  • Tennessee Williams awards Pulitzer prize for, Cat On Hot Tin Roof – May 1955
  • School integration “Brown vs. the Board of Education -May 1955
  • Debut “Johnny Carson Show” – June 1955
  • Debut ” The Lawrence Welk Show” – July 1955
  • President Dwight Eisenhower raises wage from $0.75 an hour to $1.00 and hour – August 1955
  • Premiere “Gunsmoke” – September 1955
  • Rocky Mariano KOs Archie Moore – September 1955
  • 1st World Series televised in color on NBC – September 1955
  • Debut “Honeymooner” October 1955
  • Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the colored section of bus – December 1,1955
  • AFL and CIO merge George Meaney is president – December 1955
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott – December 1955
  • “You’ll Never Know” Barbara Streisand’s 1st recording – December 1955
 
 

1956

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley photo provide Google Images

 
  • “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley singles – January 1956
  • Patent for computer core memory issued by Forrester – February 1956
  • Dow Jones for the 1st time closes above 500 – March 1956
  • Race segregation ended by US Supreme court – April 1956
  • Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano retires and is undefeated – April 1956
  • French troops leave Vietnam – April 1956
  • John Lennon (15 years) and Paul Mc Cartney (13 years) at Lennon’s Rock Group Quarrymen performance – June 1956
  • Golda Meir begins 1st term as Israel’s Foreign Minister – June 1956
  • “Jimmy Durante Show” and “Steve Allen Show” NBC TV – June 1956
  • “American Bandstand” Dick Clark’s first appearance – July 1956
  • Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey Circus last under the canvas show – July 1956
  • President D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon renominated on Republican ticket – August 1956
  • Television 1st broadcast in Australia – September 1956
  • 1st televised “Wizard of Oz” – November 1956
 
 

1957

Little Rock Arkansas

Little Rock Arkansas photograph by and courtesy of Will Counts

  • In Lancaster, PA first electric watch – January 1957
  • Elizabeth Taylor’s 2nd divorce from Michael Wilding – January 1957
  • Larry King’s first radio broadcast – May 1956
  • John F. Kennedy awarded Pulitzer prize for, Profile In Courage – May 1957
  • President D. Eisenhower order US troops in to desegregate Little Rock schools – September 1957
  • Debut “Leave It To Beaver” – October 1957
  • USSR launches dog (Laika) and Sputnik 2 in orbit -November 1957
 
 

1958

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

 
  • USSR Sputnik I reenters atmosphere and explodes – January 1958
  • Cuban revolutionaries capture Havana – January 1958
  • USSR launches its 3rd Sputnik – May 1958
  • Nelson Mandela weds Winnie Madikizela in, South Africa – June 14, 1958
  • Alaska becomes 49th state of America – July 1958
  • King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation – July 1958
  • President Eisenhower signs NASA and Space Act 1958
  • 1st class stamp increase to 4 cents fro 3 cents August 1958
  • NASA Inauguration – October 1958
  • Nobel prize for literature refused by Boris Pasternak – October 1958
  • France elected Charles de Gaulle – December 1958
  • Alvin, Simon and Theodore with David Seville (Chipmunks) #1 Hit – December 1958
 

1959

 
  • Fulgencio Batista flees to Dominican Republic and Fidel Castro claims victory Jan 1959
  • San Francisco Giant’s rename stadium to Candlestick Park – March 1959
  • Oklahoma ends prohibition – April 1959
  • West Germany introduces 5 day work week – May 1959
  • Elizabeth Taylor’s 4th marriage to Eddie Fisher – May 1959
  • Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car “Falcon”. – May 1959
  • Women preachers are accepted by Presbyterian Church – May 1959
  • Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbling High School  in Minn – June 1959
  • Hawaii becomes USA 50th state – August 1959
  • Springarn Medal awarded  to “Duke” Ellington – September 1959
  • “Twilight Zone” premieres CBS-TV – October 1959

Remembering America 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation. Looking back everything seemed so ancient. How did people live like that? There were no computers, mass communications, smart phones, freeways, jets. Imagine a life without Google or Facebook? Elvis Presley was scandalous because he shook his hips. Remembering America 1944 to 1959 Baby Boomer Generation. That generation ushered in the luxuries we take for granted today. Imagine 60 to 70 years from now people what will people say? More than likely they will say the same thing.  How did people live with so few live style luxuries in the early 21st century.

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