1950

January 01 - Radio Beijing announces that Tibet will shortly be "liberated". 03 - Wafd Party wins Egyptian elections. 04 - Britain asks the US for a...

1951

January 01 - Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 - First episode of The Archers is broadcast nationally...

1952

January 05 - Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for talks with Truman. 07 - General Dwight D Eisenhower says he will run for US President. 12 - The prototype Vickers Valiant, Britain's...

1953

January 01 - The Maldive Islands become a republic. 01 - Arthur 'Bomber' Harris is knighted in the New Year Honours list. 01 - Hank Williams dies. 02...

1954

January 01 - Flashing indicator lights become legal on motor vehicles in Britain. 10 - A BOAC Comet jet airliner on its way from Singapore to...

1955

January 01 - The US gives $216 million in aid to South Vietnam. 01 - The 1955 Cotton Bowl Classic American football game is won by...

1956

January 01 - Sudan becomes an independent Republic. 03 - USSR gives technical aid to China. 03 - Movie star Mel Gibson is born in New York. 05...

1957

January 01 - Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) born. 04 - A London man upset with the shape of his nose is jailed for ten years for...

1958

January 01 - Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 - The European Economic Community (the "common market")...

1959

January 01 - The dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, is overthrown by Fidel Castro's guerrillas and flees to the Dominican Republic. 02 - Fidel Castro proclaims...

1960

January 01 - French Cameroon becomes the Republic of Cameroon with Ahmadun Ahidjo as its first president. 01 - Johnny Cash performs a New Year Concert...

1960 Olympic Games (Rome)

Though the Rome games were held at the height of the Mediterranean summer (against medical advice) they were a spectacular success. Making the most of...

1961

January 01 - In Britain, the Farthing (¼ of a penny) is withdrawn from circulation and ceases to be legal tender. 02 - Oral contraceptives for...

1962

January 01 - Western Samoa becomes independent. 01 - The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records, whose A&R man Dick Rowe enters the history books...

1963

January 01 - In Australia, the Bogle/Chandler case mystifies police who believe poison may have been used to kill the couple. 02 - UPI reports that...

1964

January 01 - In Britain, the first edition of Top of the Pops screens on the BBC. Host Jimmy Savile introduces The Rolling Stones, Dusty...

1964 Olympic Games (Tokyo)

The first-ever Olympic Games to be held in Asia took place in Tokyo in 1964, 24 years after the Japanese wartime government had forced...

1965

January 01 - Stanley Matthews is the first-ever professional footballer to be knighted. 01 - The first hydrofoil service begins in Sydney Harbour in Australia. 02 -...

1966

January 01 - Pope Paul VI appeals for peace in Vietnam. 01 - In Central African Republic, Colonel Jean-Bedel Bokassa seizes power. 05 - Pentridge Prison escapees...

1966 World Cup

In 1966 England hosted the World Cup, in a climate of football fever generated in-part by the much-loved mascot World Cup Willie. The cartoon lion...

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