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 –
On February 13, 1960, France detonated its first atomic bomb. France possessed a hydrogen bomb by 1968.
In Hollywood, the epic Ben-Hur grabbed a record 11 Academy Awards in 1959 and its success gave a new lease of life to Hollywood studio MGM.
1968 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon was elected defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey in November.
1963 – Civil rights becomes a central issue, as the Birmingham campaign and Birmingham riot lead to President Kennedy’s Civil Rights Address, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington, and the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
A surprise came in 1957; a 184-pound (83 kg) satellite named Sputnik 1 was launched by the Soviets. The space race began 4 months later as the United States launched a smaller satellite.
1964 – The Good Friday earthquake, the most powerful earthquake recorded in the USA and North America, struck Alaska and killed 143 people.
Egyptian general Gamel Abdel Nasser overthrew the Egyptian monarchy, establishing himself as President of Egypt. Nasser became an influential leader in the Middle East in the 1950s, leading Arab states into war with Israel, becoming a major leader of the Non-Aligned Movement and promoting pan-Arab unification.
In 1960, the Canadian Bill of Rights becomes law, and suffrage, and the right for any Canadian citizen to vote, was finally adopted by John Diefenbaker’s Progressive Conservative government. The new election act allowed Native Americans people to vote for the first time.
12 June 1963 – Medgar Evers, an NAACP field secretary was assassinated by a member of the Ku Klux Klan in Jackson, Mississippi.
On 25 July 1956, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish ocean liner MS Stockholm off the Nantucket, Massachusetts coastline. 51 people were killed and the Andrea Doria sank the next morning.
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