Category Archives: 1950s

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.

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down racially segregated public schools 60 years ago today (May 17 1954)


Video: 'Brown v. Board of Education in PBS' The Supreme Court'

(Monday, May 17, 1954) — The U.S. Supreme Court, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously struck down racially segregated public schools, ruling today that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” and thereby launching the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68).

Vietnamese insurgents overrun French forces at Dien Bien Phu 60 years ago this hour (May 7 1954)


Video: 'War in Vietnam : Documentary on the Battle of Dien Bien Phu' (May 7, 1954, at 23:39)

(Friday, May 7, 1954, 5:30 p.m. local time; during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, part of the First Indochina War) — The 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended today with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces and ultimately ending French involvement in Indochina. Continue reading