1950s Nestle’s Quik chocolate drink commercial featuring popu ventriloquist Jimmy Nelson and his two pals, Danny O’ Day and Farfel.
Events from the 50’s and 60’s –
In 1956 the American musician of Jamaican descent Harry Belafonte popularized the Calypso music Caribbean musical style which became a worldwide craze with the release of his rendition traditional Jamaican folk song “Banana Boat Song” from his 1956 album Calypso.
The wind of destruction began in Rwanda in 1959 following the assault of Hutu politician Dominique Mbonyumutwa by Tutsi forces. This was the beginning of decades of ethnic violence in the country, which culminated in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
On 1 September 1969, a small group of military officers led by the army officer Muammar Gaddafi overthrows monarchy in Libya.
1964 – The Good Friday earthquake, the most powerful earthquake recorded in the USA and North America, struck Alaska and killed 143 people.
In October 1964, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was expelled from office due to his increasingly erratic and authoritarian behavior. Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin then became the new leaders of the Soviet Union.
In 1953 Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, died. This led to the rise of Nikita Khrushchev, who denounced Stalin and pursued a more liberal domestic and foreign policy, stressing peaceful competition with the West rather than overt hostility.
On 15 August 1950 an earthquake and floods in Assam, India killed 574 and left 5,000,000 homeless.
5 June 1968 – Robert F. Kennedy, United States Senator was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles, after taking California in the presidential national primaries.
In 1950–1953 France tried to contain a growing communist insurgency led by Ho Chi Minh. After their defeat in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 France granted independence to the nations of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. At the Geneva Conference of 1954 France and the Communists agreed to divide Vietnam and hold elections in 1956. The U.S. and South Vietnam rejected the Geneva accords and the division became permanent.
On 9 September 1954 an earthquake centered on the city of Orléansville, Algeria killed 1,500 and left thousands homeless.
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