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Events of 1962
Events of the 50's
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1950
First transmission of color television.

1951
The long-playing record is introduced.

1952
Albert Schweitzer wins Nobel Peace Prize.
First hydrogen bomb is exploded by US.
Gene Kelly's recording of "Singin' in the Rain" is a hit.
Amniocentesis is developed.
First pocket-size transistor radio is marketed.

1953
Queen Elizabeth is crowned.
Joseph Stalin dies.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted spies, are executed.
Scientists identify the polio virus.

1954
On the Waterfront (film), starring Marlon Brando, is released.

1955
Ford Thunderbird debuts.
Disneyland in California opens.   
Actor James Dean dies in auto crash.
Marty wins Academy Award for Best Picture.
Albert Einstein dies at 76, shortly after pleading for halt to arms race.

1956
US Supreme Court rules that segregation is illegal in public schools.
Elvis Presley records "Don't Be Cruel."
Eisenhower is re-elected.
Fidel Castro lands on
Cuba with 82 exiles in an attempt to overthrow the Batista regime.
FORTRAN, first computer programming language, is developed.
US scientists discover the antineutron.

1957
Buddy Holly records "Peggy Sue."
Jack Kerouac's On the Road is published.
Albert Sabin produces a safe polio vaccine for children.
Soviet dog Laika is sent into space aboard Sputnik II.

1958
DeGaulle becomes president of
France.
Pele' helps the
Brazil soccer team win World Cup.

1959
Motown Record Company is formed.
Fidel Castro becomes premier of
Cuba.
The
Saint Lawrence Seaway opens.
Buddy Holly dies in plane crash.
William Faulkner's novel The Mansion is published.