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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1953!


  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the 34th President
  • Richard M. Nixon is sworn in as Vice President
  • Health, Education & Welfare (HEW) is created
  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed for espionage
  • Stalin dies and Malenkov becomes Soviet Premier
  • Malenkov appoints Molotov to position of Foreign Minister
  • Dag Hammarskjold named Secretary General of the United Nations
  • Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal reach Mt. Everest summit
  • Korean Armistice signed ending Korean War on July 27
  • U.S.S.R. detonates a hydrogen bomb in a test program
  • IBM introduces the first true computer - the 701
  • DNA structure is revealed by James Watson and Francis Crick
  • NY Yankees defeat Brooklyn Dodgers to win the World Series (again!)


  • Bing Crosby Show
  • Bob Hope Show
  • Challenge of the Yukon
  • Chase
  • Cisco Kid
  • Fibber McGee and Molly
  • Les Brown Orchestra
  • Proudly We Hail
  • Shadow
  • Space Patrol
  • Tarzan of the Apes


  • Colgate Comedy Hour (first broadcast in color)
  • I Led Three Lives
  • Person to Person with Edward R. Murrow
  • Our Miss Brooks
  • Kukla, Fran, and Olllie
  • Make Room for Daddy


  • Music synthesizers from RCA
  • Radial tires
  • Plastic army men
  • Kukla and Ollie puppets
  • TV Guide (first run is only 1.5 million copies)
  • Playboy Magazine (first issue features Marilyn Monroe on the cover)


  • Car: $1,850
  • Gasoline: 29 cents per gallon
  • House: $17,500
  • Bread: 16 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 94 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $4,700
  • Minimum Wage: 75 cents per hour


  • From Here to Eternity - war romance by Fred Zimmerman starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, and Frank Sinatra


  • Wonderful Town - music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, starring Nathaniel Frey, Rosalind Russell, and Edith Adams


  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (fiction)
  • Picnic by William Inge (drama)
  • The Era of Good Feelings by George Dangerfield (history)
  • Edmund Pendleton by David J. Mays (biography)
  • Collected Poems by Archibald MacLeish (poetry)


  • George Catlett Marshall, USA, 1880-1959, General US Army, President of the American Red Cross, former Secretary of State, former Secretary of Defense, delegate to the United Nations, originator of the Marshall Plan for reconstruction


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