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History of the 1950s

The 1950s were an era of unprecedented scientific and commercial development. Identify some of these famous incidents from the decade.
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Last updated: April 25, 2014
First submittedApril 24, 2014
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Year
Incident
Answer
1950
A war begins in this Asian country
Korea
1950
This beloved comic strip appears for the first time
Peanuts
1951
A treaty signed with this country officially ends WWII
Japan
1951
This iconic novel is first published
The Catcher in the Rye
1952
Viewership for this TV show tops 10 million
I Love Lucy
1952
A new monarch is crowned in this nation
United Kingdom
1953
This magazine is published for the first time
Playboy
1953
This absurdist play receives its premiere
Waiting for Godot
1954
This new technology makes its commercial debut
Color Television
1954
This song sparks a new craze: Rock and Roll
Rock Around the Clock
1955
This up-and-coming actor dies in a car crash
James Dean
1955
This scientist's polio vaccine is approved for wide use
Jonas Salk
1956
Grace Kelly becomes Queen of this small nation
Monaco
1956
A revolution occurs in this European country
Hungary
1957
This name is given to the first man-made satellite
Sputnik 1
1957
This famous stage musical debuts on Broadway
West Side Story
1958
This movie star's daughter is arrested for stabbing her mother's boyfriend
Lana Turner
1958
This man becomes leader of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khruschev
1959
Disneyland introduced this new form of travelling technology
Monorail
1959
This art museum opens in New York City
Guggenheim Museum
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level 76
May 15, 2014
I answered Sabin for the polio vaccine - didn't realize his oral vaccine was developed two years later. I remember standing in a long line at school waiting to get my sugar cube in the early 1960s.
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level 76
Jan 27, 2015
Great quiz!
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level 72
May 13, 2015
Rather to American, and too many celebrity-related questions to qualify as 'history'. I hope our children never have to learn about Lana Turner in school lessons!
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level 74
Sep 11, 2015
Good quiz, but isn't the Soviet leader's name spelled Khrushchev?