Category Archives: 1950s

Eisenhower presents ‘domino theory’ 60 years ago today (Apr 7 1954)


Video: '45 85 Part 5' (Apr. 7, 1954, at 8:27)

(Wednesday, April 7, 1954; during First Indochina War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower soberly warned at a news conference today that the fall of French Indochina to the communists could create a “domino” effect in Southeast Asia. The so-called “domino theory” dominated U.S. thinking about the region for the next two decades.

Senator McCarthy replies to Murrow TV commentary 60 years ago this hour (Apr 6 1954)


Video: 'Good Night and Good Luck - McCarthy Response'

(Tuesday, April 6, 1954, 10:30 p.m. EST; during the Second Red Scare) — A month after being criticized by newsman Edward R. Murrow on CBS’ See It Now, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, given the chance to respond on the program, charged that Murrow had, in the past, “engaged in propaganda for Communist causes.” Continue reading

‘Columbia Pictures Doing Burns and Allen Story’ episode airs on ‘The Burns and Allen Show’ 60 years ago this hour (Mar 29 1954)


Video: 'Burns and Allen: Columbia Pictures Doing Burns and Allen Story'

(Monday, March 29, 1954, 8:00 p.m. ) — Columbia is doing the Burns and Allen story and everybody wants to get into the act on tonight’s episode of the CBS-TV sitcom series The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.

This episode is listed as #56 on TV Guide‘s 1997 list of Top 100 Episodes of All Time.

French airstrip at Dien Bien Phu put out of commission 60 years ago today (Mar 14 1954)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 1' (Mar. 14, 1954, at 45:42)

(Sunday, March 14, 1954; during the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, part of the First Indochina War) — The Vietminh shelling had destroyed the main airstrip at Dien Bien Phu by today. The French command staff was shocked. Col. Christian de Castries, the French commander, became withdrawn, uncommunicative. Continue reading