by Janessa Kuderer
Standard of living
On January 31, 1958 Explorer 1 became the first satellite launched by the United States.
Color was brought to television in 1953. If you had a color television you were considered cool.
Standard of Living
This graph shows how an average of american spent their money during the 1950's.
Some of the prominent figures in the 1950's were Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Rosa Parks, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry Truman. Marilyn Monroe was a famous actress model and singer. She became a style icon during the 50's. Elizabeth Taylor was a famous actress who won many awards and also was famous for being married 8 times. James Dean was a teenage movie star and was a icon for being a teen rebel. Elvis Presley was a well known actor but was known mostly for his music. He was known for his unusual dancing and was known as the "King of Rock". Louis Armstrong was a jazz musician, known for his singing and trumpet playing. Chuck Berry was an iconic African American singer. Rosa Parks was a Civil Rights Activist who is most know for refusing to give up her bus seat. She fought for equality between everyone. Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the U.S at the time. Harry Truman also served as President.
Marilyn Monroe was an icon of style in the 1950's.
Elvis Presley was known as the "King of Rock".
Rosa Parks was known for being a Civil Rights Activist.
Lifestyle and Fashion
During this time families were living the American Dream, with less stress. They were happy and looked and felt good. Birth rates were high while divorce rates were low. Later on teenagers became rebels and because of this more rules were put into place about clothing, music dancing and relationships. Swing dances was also popular at this time.
Women of this time often wore pencil skirts, with pearls and a fancy hat.
Cardigan sweaters, and suits were commonly worn by men during the 1950's.
Swing dancing was still popular during the 50's.
In the 1950's most T.V shows were westerns and sitcoms, but there were also some game and talent shows. Science fiction and psychological thrillers also found their way to television. Some of the popular T.V shows for this era were 'I love Lucy', 'Lassie', and 'Gunsmoke'.
Rock and Roll began in the 1950's and proved very popular. Teens loved Rock and Roll, while the parents hated it and believed it to be bad, unhealthy, unsuitable for a family audience, and just not right. Of course not all teenagers love Rock and Roll. Some boys threatened to break up with their girlfriends if she went to a Rock and Roll show. Elvis Presley, were some of the main artists of this decade. The music in the 1950's lead to the creation of the Rock and Roll genre. Jazz and Doo-wop were also some of the favorite music genres.
Other sources of entertainment were going to Disneyland, which opened in 1955. Bowling allies also became popular during this time.
Brown vs. Board of Education was a Supreme Court case in 1954 concerning the segregation in public schools. This case made the public realize that separating people based on their skin color did not treat everyone equally. On May 14, 1954 the Court decided that "Separate but equal" had no place in public schools.
Brown vs. Board of Education II was a Supreme Court case in 1955. It abolished racial systems in schools, and made it possible for children of different races to go to the same school and have equal education with the same treatment.
This picture shows some of the popular t.v shows of the 50's including 'I love Lucy', 'The Nat King Cole Show', and 'Lassie'.
Brown vs. Board of Education
This picture shows the integration of schools after the Supreme Courts ruling.
This picture shows how divided that countries of North and South Korea were during the time of the Korean War.
Brown vs. Board of Education
Some of the prominent figures in sports were Vince Lombardi, Henry Aaron, Yogi Berra, Jim Brown, Bob Cousy and Willi Mays. Vince Lombardi won 5 championships coaching the Green Bay packers. Henry Aaron was the leading hitter in 1959. He has the second most home run in major league history with 755 home runs. Yogi Berra won 10 championships with his winning teams. Jim Brown was an 8 time rushing leader and 3 times NFL MVP. Bob Cousy revolutionized the NBA's passing game. He was won NBA All-star 10 times and also won MVP in 1957. Willi Mays lead the league 4 times having the most home runs and stolen bases. He made 4 World Series appearances.
In the summer of 1952 the Olympics were held in Finland. The U.S came out first in the number of Gold medals won, beating the Soviet Union, who came in second place. In the winter Olympics that year, the U.S came in second to Norway. The 1956 summer Olympics were won by the Soviet Union. The 1956 winter Olympics were won by the Soviet Union, who had made their first appearance in the games that year.
Vince Lombardi joined the Green Bay Packers as their coach in 1959.
1952 Summer Olympics
This picture shows the 1952 gold-medal winning U.S 400 meter relay team.
1956 Winter Olympics
Tenley Albright won a gold medal for the U.S in Figure Skating during the 1956 Winter Olympics.