Category Archives: 1950s

‘Rear Window’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago tonight (Aug 4 1954)


Video: 'Rear Window' trailer

(Wednesday, August 4, 1954)Rear Window, a suspense thriller film about a photographer with a broken leg who uncovers a murder while spying on the neighbors in a nearby apartment building, premiered tonight at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film starred James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr.

Diem appointed prime minister of South Vietnam 60 years ago today (July 7 1954)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 2' (July 7, 1954, at 4:18)

(Wednesday, July 7, 1954; during the First Indochina War, part of the Cold War) — Two months after the French surrendered to the Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu, Emperor Bao Dai appointed Ngo Dinh Diem today as prime minister of what would become South Vietnam, hoping he would be able to attract American aid.

McCarthy attacked: ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir?’ 60 years ago today (June 9 1954)


Video: 'Welch versus Joseph McCarthy 1-2'

(Wednesday, June 9, 1954; during the Second Red Scare) — During the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy today for verbally attacking a member of Welch’s law firm, Fred Fisher, asking McCarthy: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” Continue reading

Secretary of State Dulles urges $3.5 billion foreign aid 60 years ago today (June 4 1954)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 1' (June 4, 1954, at 51:29)

(Friday, June 4, 1954; during the First Indochina War, part of the Cold War) — U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today to invest $3.5 billion in foreign aid during the next 12 months to help prevent “red domination” of the world.