Browsing: 1950s

January 01 – Radio Beijing announces that Tibet will shortly be “liberated”. 03 – Wafd Party wins Egyptian elections. 04 – Britain asks the US…

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

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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…

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January 01 – The Maldive Islands become a republic. 01 – Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris is knighted in the New Year Honours list. 01 – Hank…

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

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

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January 01 – Sudan becomes an independent Republic. 03 – USSR gives technical aid to China. 03 – Movie star Mel Gibson is born in…

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

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January 01 – Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 – The European Economic Community (the “common…

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

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The Second World War was over. In Britain, the National Health Service was newly created (1948) and the coal industry and the railways were nationalised.…

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