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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1955!

IN THE NEWS:

  • Malenkov is replaced by Nikolai Bulganin as Soviet Premier
  • Winston Churchill resigns as British Prime Minister
  • Anthony Eden becomes new British Prime Minister
  • Peron overthrown in Argentina
  • President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack in Denver
  • In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refuses to sit in the rear of a public bus and is arrested
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. organizes a boycott of the Montgomery bus system resulting in desegregation of the bus system three months later
  • Tetracycline is developed
  • Nuclear power debuts at the first nuclear power plant in Arco, Idaho
  • Colonel Harland Sanders opens his first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant
  • Brooklyn Dodgers defeat NY Yankees to take the World Series

ON THE RADIO:

  • College Quiz Bowl
  • Dragnet
  • Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
  • Journey Into Space
  • Lone Ranger
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Suspense
  • You Bet Your Life

ON TELEVISION:

FADS & FASHION:

  • PlayDoh
  • Rock-n-roll music
  • DA (duck's ass) haircuts
  • Brylcream
  • Bermuda shorts
  • Guiness Book of World Records (first copies sold out in hours)

WHAT THINGS COST:

  • Car: $1,950
  • Gasoline: 29 cents per gallon
  • House: $17,500
  • Bread: 18 cents per loaf
  • Milk: 92 cents per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: 3 cents
  • Average Annual Salary: $5,000
  • Minimum Wage: 75 cents per hour

ACADEMY AWARD - BEST PICTURE:

  • Marty - romantic drama by Delbert Mann starring Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair

TONY AWARD - BEST MUSICAL:

  • The Pajama Game - based on the book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, choreography by Bob Fossee, starring John Raitt, Janis Paige, and Eddie Foy, Jr.

PULITZER PRIZES:

  • A Fable by William Faulkner (fiction)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (drama)
  • Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History by Paul Horgan (history)
  • The Taft Story by William S. White (biography)
  • Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens (poetry)

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

  • none awarded

TOP SONGS:

  • Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • The Yellow Rose of Texas by Mitch Miller
  • Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and The Comets
  • Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra
  • Earth Angel by The Penguins
  • Only You by The Platters
  • Ain't That a Shame by Fats Domino
  • Maybelline by Chuck Berry
  • Memories are Made of This by Dean Martin
  • Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White by Perez Prado
  • Sincerely by The McGuire Sisters
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