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There were two presidents during the time period of 1950 to 1959. They were Harry S. Truman and Dwight David Eisenhower.
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Harry Truman was president from 1945 to 1953. Mr. Truman was the 33rd president. The vice president was Alben W. Barkley. Harry Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Mo. He married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace. They had one child named Margaret. His nickname was The Man from Independence. He died December 26, 1972.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was president from 1953 to 1961. He was the 34th president. Richard M. Nixon was his vice president. Dwight was born in Denison, Texas in 1890. He was a Republican. His nickname was Ike. He died on March 28, 1969.
In the 1950s, music changed forever with the birth of rock and roll. Bill Haley and The Comets, Buddy Holly, and other stars brought this new music to America, and the kids loved it. But the "king" of rock and roll was Elvis Presley, the most popular singer of the 1950s. He wrote many songs like Jail House Rock.
Television was not invented in the 1950s, but it became very popular very early in the decade. Everything that happened afterwards was changed by television and how people watched television.
Polio vaccine made it safe for kids to go out in the summer without being afraid of deadly polio. It was invented by Dr. Jonas Salk in 1955. Now thanks to Jonas Salk, kids are vaccinated for polio.
Fashion and changes in fashion were very important in the 1950's.
Transistor electronics made radios and TVs smaller and more reliable.
Two heroes from the fifties were Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. They were big TV and movie stars. One of their biggest TV shows hits was I Love Lucy. They soon got married after they met, unfortunately later in their marriage after they had had children, they got divorced.
Many American heroes in the 1950s were scientists like Albert Einstein and the scientists who began the American Space Programs.
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Some games in the 1950's were big fads, very popular for a while, then gone. One fad game was phone booth stuffing. The object was to see how many people you could squeeze into a phone booth (or a Volkswagen) at one time. This was a big college thing and didnt last long.
One of the most popular games invented was the hula hoop, which sold millions of copies in just a year. The hula hoop is still popular today. Some people can hula many hula hoops at a time.
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