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1940, 1941, 1492, 1943, 1944, 1945 ,1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 - Everything from the 40s from the war in Europe and the Pacific to radio and the new rage--television!

1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 - Everything from the 50s from muscle cars and poodle skirts to news and history

1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 - Everything about the 60s from fads and fashion to cars and news

1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 - Everything about the 70s from history and news to fads and fashion

Welcome to Retroville! It's 1952!


  • George VI, King of England, dies
  • Elizabeth II (daughter of George VI) becomes Queen of England
  • The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) announces successful tests of its new hydrogen bomb at Enewetak
  • GI Bill of Rights - Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act is enacted
  • Bar Code is patented by Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver
  • Jonas Salk begins trials of polio vaccine electing to immunize himself, his wife, and his children first to test the safety of the new vaccine before public immunizations begin
  • Scientists discover cloning by creating a cloned frog
  • NY Yankees defeat Brooklyn Dodgers to take the World Series


  • Bob Hope Show
  • Broadway is My Beat
  • CBS Radio Mystery Theater
  • Frontier Town
  • Jack Benny Show
  • Nightbeat
  • Quiz Kids
  • Railroad Hour
  • Red Skelton


  • Today Show with David Garroway
  • Hopalong Cassidy (moved over from radio)
  • What's My Line
  • Dragnet
  • Today Show
  • Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (starts a 14-year run)
  • CBS uses the word "anchorman" for the first time on the CBS News
  • Honeymooners


  • Soft drinks
  • Matchbox cars
  • PEZ
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • 3-D movies (starting with 1952 Bwana Devil)
  • Panty raids at college dormitories
  • MAD Magazine


  • Car: $1,850
  • Gasoline: 27 cents per gallon
  • House: $17,000
  • Bread: 16 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 96 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $4,500
  • Minimum Wage: 75 cents per hour



  • The King and I - based on Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rodgers, directed by John Van Druten, starring Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner


  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk (fiction)
  • The Shrike by Joseph Kramm (drama)
  • The Uprooted by Oscar Handlin (history)
  • Charles Evans Hughes by Merlo J. Pusey (biography)
  • Collected Poems by Marianne Moore (poetry)


  • Albert Schweitzer, France, 1875-1965, physician and missionary, founder of the Lambarene Hospital in Gabon


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