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You are here -> HOME - RETROVILLE - 1954
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 1954!

IN THE NEWS:

  • Five U.S. Congressmen shot on the floor of the House by Puerto Rican nationalists firing from the spectator's gallery
  • Brown v Board of Education decision by Supreme Court unanimously bans segregation in public schools striking down a 60-year old ruling that allowed "separate but equal" conditions in American public schools
  • Southeast Asia defense treaty (SEATO) signed by eight nations in Manila
  • French withdraw from Vietnam
  • Chaplin, Fuller, and Pearson patent the solar cell
  • U.S. commissions the first atomic submarine, Nautilus
  • The first kidney transplant is performed
  • Ray Kroc opens his first McDonald's
  • NY Giants defeat Cleveland Indians to win the World Series

ON THE RADIO:

  • Challenge of the Yukon
  • Dr. Sixgun
  • Dragnet
  • Gunsmoke
  • Hallmark Hall of Fame
  • Lone Ranger
  • Perry Mason

ON TELEVISION:

  • First coast to coast color broadcast - Tournament of Roses Parade
  • First color commercial airs - Pall Mall cigarettes
  • Father Knows Best (moved over from radio)
  • US Steel Hour
  • Lassie
  • Omnibus

FADS & FASHION:

  • Oral contraceptives (the Pill)
  • Non-stick pans (Teflon)
  • CinemaScope appears in theaters
  • Robert the Robot (Robbie)
  • Whee-Lo
  • Coonskin caps
  • Poodle skirts (not all were poodles, but those were most popular)
  • Saddle shoes
  • Cardigan sets
  • Pearls during the day
  • Stereo music tapes (reel to reel)
  • Transistor radios

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $1,950
  • Gasoline: 29 cents per gallon
  • House: $17,500
  • Bread: 17 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 92 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $4,700
  • Minimum Wage: 75 cents per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

  • Kismet - based upon the book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest, choreographed by Jack Cole, starring Alfred Drake, Richard Kiley, and Joan Dienner

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • The Teahouse of the August Moon by John Patrick (drama)
  • A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton (history)
  • The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles A. Lindbergh (autobiography)
  • The Waking by Theodore Roethke (poetry)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, an international aid organization established by the United Nations in 1951

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