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 18 January 1951 Mount Lamington erupted in Papua New Guinea, killing 3,000 people.
In 1963, a coup in South Viet Nam leads to the death of President Ngô Đình Diệm and the establishment of temporary military rule.
On 3 February 1959, a chartered plane transporting the three American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson goes down in foggy conditions near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all four occupants on board, including pilot Roger Peterson.
On 21 April 1958, a mid-air collision between United Airlines Flight 736 and a USAF fighter jet killed 49 people.
On 16 December 1960, a United Airlines DC-8 and a Trans World Airlines Lockheed Constellation collided over New York City and crashed, killing 134 people.
Typhoon Vera hit central Honshū on 26 September 1959, killing an estimated 5,098, injuring another 38,921, and leaving 1,533,000 homeless. Most of the damage was centered in the Nagoya area.
Ray Charles and Fats Domino help bring blues into the popular music scene. Domino provides a boogie-woogie style that heavily influences rock ‘n’ roll.
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 1958 the first plastic Coke bottle appeared.
1964 – Wilderness Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on 3 September.
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