Family Watching Television

Vintage illustration of a mother and father with their son, watching a Western television show on their new console TV, 1950. Screen print. (Illustration by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)



William Golden, CBS logo, 1951





Herbert Bayer, CCA Great Ideas of Western Man Campaign, Walter Paepcke and Mortimer Adler, 1954


  • Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman
  • First Atomic Submarine Launched
  • Braves Hammerin’ Hank Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game, 1st of 755
  • Jonas Salk’s Polio Vaccine Given to Children in Massive Trial, 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
  • Report Says Cigarettes Cause Cancer
  • Bell labs announces the 1st solar battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.
  • Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4) at Iffley Road,Oxford
  • “Sports Illustrated” magazine begins publishing
  • French surrender to Vietminh after 55-day siege at Dien Bien Phu
  • US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • Iwo Jima Memorial (servicemen raising US flag) dedicated in Arlington
  • Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, “Casual Love” & “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”
  • Bill Haley & Comets records “Rock Around Clock”
  • Joe Turner releases “Shake, Rattle & Roll”
  • WINS NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show
  • Tonight Show premieres on NBC with host Steve Allen
  • First shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan
  • 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
  • Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio
  • Publication of “Fellowship of the Ring” 1st volume and “Two Towers”, 2nd volume of “Lord of the Rings”of “Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll – most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
  • The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
  • USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames, Connecticut.
  • B-52A bomber made its maiden flight
  • IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour
  • US Supreme Court unanimously rules on Brown v Topeka Board of Education reversed 1896 “separate but equal” Plessy v Ferguson decision
  • Albert Schweitzer receives Nobel Peace Prize
  • President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)
  • Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam, in news conference is first to voice fear of a “domino-effect” of communism in Indo-China
  • Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops
  • President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem
  • President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • Walt Disney’s 1st television program, “Disneyland”, premieres on ABC
  • Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.

Paul Rand, IBM, 1956


  • Elvis Gyrates on Ed Sullivan’s Show
  • Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco
  • Hungarian Revolution
  • Khrushchev Denounces Stalin
  • Suez Crisis
  • T.V. Remote Control Invented
  • Velcro Introduced




  • Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba
  • International Treaty Makes Antarctica Scientific Preserve
  • Kitchen Debate Between Nixon and Khrushchev
  • The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway
  • U.S. Quiz Shows Found to be Fixed