Category Archives: 1950s

Chinese, North Koreans accept POW trade offer, propose peace talks be resumed 60 years ago today (1953)

Video: 'Korean War - PART 28, End of the War, 6.25' (at 0:42-0:53)

(Saturday, March 28, 1953; during the Korean War, part of the Cold War) — The Chinese and North Korean Communist commanders accepted today a long-standing United Nations proposal for an immediate exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war by both sides in Korea, and at the same time proposed immediate resumption of suspended armistice talks.

‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ wins Best Picture at 25th Academy Awards 50 years ago this hour (1953)

Video: '1952 Oscar Winners'

(Thursday, March 19, 1953, 10:30 p.m. EST)The Greatest Show On Earth won two Oscars tonight at the 25th Academy Awards, including Best Picture. John Ford won Best Director for The Quiet Man, Gary Cooper won Best Actor for High Noon and Shirley Booth won Best Actress for Come Back, Little Sheba. Continue reading

‘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.”