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THE BABY BOOM YEARS
1950

THE BABY BOOM YEARS<br>1950
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The definitive collection of 1950s American music, news, fashion, fads and kitsch that continues to influence the world

BORN

  • Stevie Wonder
  • Gary Larsen
  • Mark Spitz
  • Bill Murray

MUSIC:

  • Nat King Cole crosses over from jazz to pop selling millions.
  • Muddy Waters marries county blues and big city dance dynamism begetting Chicago Blues.
FASHION

  • Full skirts, rounded soft shoulders, an almost pinched waist, a pointed bosom and spike heels are hallmarks of women’s fashion this year.
SPORTS
  • Florence Chadwick swims the English Channel in 13 hrs, 23 mins., a record.
  • A Drivers World Championship is established.
  • The NY Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Phillies to win their thirteenth World Series.

WORLD

  • Communist Chinese forces invade Tibet.
  • Korean War begins when North Korean Communist forces invade South Korea.
  • India becomes the world’s largest democracy.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

  1. What percentage of US households had TVs in 1950?
    a. 9% b. 16% c. 24% d. 31%
  2. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. Although literally hundreds of films have been adapted from this enchanting fairy tale, this 1950 animated feature is a bone fide classic. Name the hit Disney movie nominated for 3 Academy Awards, which featured the voice of Ilene Woods in the title role, and that of Verna Felton as the fairy.
  3. Created in 1950, the first lunch box to bear an image featured this TV Western star.
    a. Gene Autry b. Roy Rogers c. Hopalong Cassidy d. Davy Crockett
  4. True or False? American involvement in Vietnam began in 1950.
  5. What popular doughnut shop was founded in 1950?
    a. Krispy Kreme b. Winchell’s Donut c. Mister Donut d. Dunkin’ Donuts

R.I.P.:

  • Al Jolson
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • George Orwell
  • Elsie de Wolfe

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits:


  1. Daddy’s Little Girl — Mills Brothers
  2. Mona Lisa — Nat King Cole
  3. Music! Music! Music! — Teresa Brewer
  4. The Tennesse Waltz — Patti Page
  5. A Bushel and a Peck — Perry Como and Betty Hutton
  6. Rag Mop — Ames Brothers
  7. If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d Have Baked A Cake — Eileen Barton
  8. Harbor Lights — Sammy Kaye
  9. Goodnight, Irene — Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers
  10. I Wanna Be Loved — The Andrews Sisters
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