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THE BABY BOOM YEARS
1958

THE BABY BOOM YEARS <br> 1958
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BORN:
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Michael Jackson
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Madonna

MUSIC

  • Billie Holiday is given a year’s probation by a Philadelphia court following her arrest and guilty plea on narcotics possession charges in 1956.

FASHION

  • A long, unbroken oval silhouette is all the rage, undoubtedly inspired by the shape of a space rocket.
  • Intense color and shoes that match the outfit are in.

SPORTS

  • December 28 the Baltimore Colts won 23-17 over the New York Giants in overtime. The game is later called the “Greatest game ever played”
  • Willie O’Ree is the first Black Canadian to play in the National Hockey League.
  • World Cup: Brazil defeats Sweden 5-2.

WORLD

  • Charles de Gaulle is elected President of the 5th French Republic.
  • Egypt and Syria form the United Arab Republic.
  • U.S. Marines intervene in Lebanon to bolster the government.

TRIVIA QUESTIONS:

  1. How old was Bobby Fischer when he won the United States Chess Championship?
    a. 11 b. 14 c.19 d. 29
  2. 18 year old Frank Carney read a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the “pizza fad” among teenagers and college students, and opened this American restaurant with $600 borrowed from his mother.
  3. Six months after the Soviet launching of Sputnik, a 23-year old Texan won the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. The victory sent this pianist’s career, and distraught American morale, into orbit.
  4. It read like a soap opera: Sultry young widow steals unfaithful husband from apple-pie friend. This big screen, Hollywood gossip saga created a fan feeding frenzy that would dominate tabloids for months. Who made up this notorious love triangle?

R.I.P.

  • Edward Weston
  • Ronald Colman
  • Big Bill Broonzy
  • Mel Ott
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