Category Archives: 1950s

‘Peter Pan’ released in U.S. theaters 60 years ago today (1953)

Video: 'Peter Pan' trailer

(Thursday, February 5, 1953)Peter Pan, an animated film produced by Walt Disney about a girl named Wendy and her brothers who are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan, was released today in U.S. theaters.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske, the film starred Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins and Tommy Luske.

Eisenhower sworn in as 34th U.S. President, Nixon as 36th VP 60 years ago this hour (1953)


(Tuesday, January 20, 1953, 12:32 p.m. EST) — Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office today as the 34th President of the United States at the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Eisenhower, a Republican, succeeded President Harry S. Truman, who had declined to seek a third term, ending a 20-year era of Democratic rule.

Just nine minutes earlier, at 12:23 p.m. EST, Richard Nixon was sworn in as the 36th Vice President of the United States. Nixon succeeded Vice President Alben Barkley, who had unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination. Continue reading

‘Lucy Goes to the Hospital’ episode airs on ‘I Love Lucy’ 60 years ago this hour (1953)

Video: 'I Love Lucy - Lucy Has a Baby'

(Monday, January 19, 1953, 9 p.m. EST) — CBS-TV tonight aired the widely watched “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” episode of the sitcom I Love Lucy in which Lucy Ricardo, played by Lucille Ball, gave birth to Little Ricky. By coincidence, Ball gave birth the same day to her son, Desi Arnaz Jr. (click here to watch the full episode). TV Guide and TV Land rank this episode #59 out the “100 Most Memorable TV Moments of All Time.”

President Truman says goodbye, sees course set to win Cold War 60 years ago this hour (1953)

Video: 'President Truman's farewell address'

(Thursday, January 15, 1953, 10:30 p.m. EDT) — In an emotional farewell address broadcast from the White House, U.S. President Harry S. Truman told the American people tonight they are on their way to victory in the Cold War with Soviet Russia without an atomic conflict which might “dig the grave of the free world and communism alike.” Continue reading

President-elect Eisenhower arrives in Korea 60 years ago today (1952)

Video: 'General Eisenhower Visits Korea 1952'

(Tuesday, December 2, 1952, during the Korean War) — Making good on his most dramatic presidential campaign promise, U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Korea today for a firsthand view of the bitter and frustrating Korean War, which Eisenhower vowed to end. The visit continued through Dec. 5, 1952. Continue reading