Category Archives: 1950s

‘The Honeymooners’ series premieres on CBS-TV 60 years ago this hour (Oct 1 1955)

Video: 'TV or Not TV-The Honeymooners' (aired Oct. 1, 1955)

(Saturday, October 1, 1955, 8:30 p.m. EDT) — Ralph and Norton buy a TV set together and constantly fight over what to watch on tonight’s debut episode of the CBS sitcom television series The Honeymooners, based on a recurring 1951–55 Cavalcade of Stars sketch of the same name about two working-class married couples starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode number 26 on its “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.

President Eisenhower suffers heart attack in Denver 60 years ago this hour (Sep 24 1955)

Video: 'Eisenhower Has a Heart Attack 1955'

(Saturday, September 24, 1955, 2:00 a.m. MST) — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a serious heart attack early this morning while on vacation in Denver. He would recover after spending six weeks in the hospital (click here to watch a clip of this from “American Experience: Nixon” at 39:44).

Mississippi jury acquits two white men in Emmett Till murder 60 years ago this hour (Sep 23 1955)

Video: 'The Murder Of Emmett Till - Documetary' (Sept. 23, 1955, at 45:58)

(Friday, September 23, 1955, at 3:43 p.m. local time) — Two Mississippi white men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, accused of murdering 14-year-old Chicago African-American Emmett Louis Till after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman were acquitted today in Sumner, Mississippi.

A jury of twelve white neighbors of the defendants reached the verdict after one hour and five minutes of deliberations. The two men later admitted to the crime in an interview with Look magazine.