Category Archives: 1950s

‘From Here to Eternity’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago today (1953)


Video: 'From Here to Eternity' trailer

(Wednesday, August 5, 1953)From Here to Eternity, a drama film about the tribulations of three soldiers stationed on Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, premiered today at the Capitol in New York City.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann, the film starred Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober and Jack Warden.

Guns of war fall silent in Korea 60 years ago this hour (1953)


Video: 'Korean War - PART 28, End of the War, 6.25' (truce takes effect at 9:14)

(Monday, July 27, 1953, 10:00 p.m. local time; during the Korean War, part of the Cold War) — The guns of the Korean War fell silent tonight as a truce ended 37 months of conflict on the Korean Peninsula. The last reported Allied barrage halted at 9:43 p.m. and then it was quiet. Continue reading

Eisenhower hails truce with prayer of thanks 60 years ago this hour (1953)


Video: 'Korean War - PART 28, End of the War, 6.25' (July 27, 1953, at 8:15)

(Sunday, July 26, 1953, 10:00 p.m. EDT; during the Korean War, part of the Cold War) — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower tonight hailed the Korea truce signing 49 minutes ago with a prayer of thanksgiving during a nationwide TV and radio address, but solemnly declared “we have won an armistice on a single battleground — not peace in the world.” Click here to watch a video clip of Eisenhower’s address.

Armistice signed to end Korean War 60 years ago this hour (1953)


Video: 'Korean War - PART 28, End of the War, 6.25' (July 27, 1953, at 8:15)

(Monday, July 27, 1953, 10:11 a.m. local time; during the Korean War, part of the Cold War) — The long-awaited Korean Armistice Agreement was signed this morning at Panmunjom, calling for a cease-fire in the Korean War after three years, effective at 10 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT). The North would remain communist while the South would remain capitalist. Continue reading