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The US and Soviets announce they have the Hydrogen bomb marking the beginning of the Cold War. Eisenhower becomes president. Khruschev becomes head of the USSR.Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mantle and Eddie Fisher are the pop stars of the day. Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott are dueling heavyweights. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ascend Mt. Everst. Schweitzer wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in Africa and by the end of the year, the first colour television set goes on sale.

Despite the more popular notion that the early 50's represented a benign American polyannaism, it was more truly a period of creative blossoming and experimentation, especially in areas such as architecture, industrial & graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, poetry, film and music, especially Jazz.

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