credit card

The credit card

First Modern Credit Card Introduced (1950): In 1949, Frank X. McNamara thought of a way for customers to have just one credit card that they could use at multiple stores. McNamara discussed the idea with two colleagues and the three pooled some money and started a new company in 1950 which they called the Diners Club.

The first Diners Club credit cards were given out in 1950 to 200 people (most were friends and acquaintances of McNamara) and accepted by 14 restaurants in New York. The concept of the card grew and by the end of 1950, 20,000 people were using the Diners Club credit card. The Diners Club credit card is considered the first modern credit card.

First Peanut Cartoon Stirp

The first peanuts cartoon strip

When Schulz sold his first strip to the United Feature Syndicate in 1950, it was the Syndicate that changed the name from Li'l Folks toPeanuts - a name that Schulz himself never liked.

The very first strip was four panels long and showed Charlie Brown walking by two other young children, Shermy and Patty. (Snoopy was the also an early character in the strip, but he did not appear in the very first one.)

Korean War Begins

June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953, The Korean War was a war between North and South Korea, in which a United Nations force led by the United States of America fought for the South, and China fought for the North, which was also assisted by the Soviet Union.

Korean War

Communist witch hunt?

U.S. President Truman Orders Construction of Hydrogen Bomb

Hydrogen bomb

On Nov. 1, 1952, the United States conducted its first nuclear test of a fusion device, or “hydrogen bomb,” at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. “The Atomic Energy Commission announced tonight ‘satisfactory’ experiments in hydrogen weapon research … In a three-paragraph announcement, the Commission did not go so far as to state that a full-scale hydrogen bomb had been detonated, but it did say ‘experiments contributing’ to hydrogen bomb research had been completed.”

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robeson

  1. Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919October 24, 1972) was an American baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.

South Africans Forced to Carry ID Cards Identifying Race


Additionally, in 1950, the Malan government passed the Population Registration Act, which categorized every South African by race, and subsequently required people to carry with them at all times a card stating their racial identity. This Act was later modified in 1952, by issuing “reference books” instead of identification passes. Anyone caught without their “reference book” was fined or imprisoned.

Polio Vaccine Created

  1. The first effective polio vaccine was developed in 1952 by Jonas Salk at the University of Pittsburgh, but it would require years of testing.

Polio Vaccine Created

The Great Smog

From December 5 to December 9, 1952, a thick fog settled on London. This fog mixed with trapped black smoke to create a deadly layer of smog. Although there was no great panic at the time, the smog proved deadly. In the five days it hovered over London, the smog killed 4,000 people. In the following weeks, another 8,000 people died from exposure to the Great Smog of 1952.

First playboy magazine-1953

The First Playboy Magazine

In December 1953, 27-year-old Hugh Hefner published the very first Playboy magazine. This first edition of Playboy was 44-pages long and had no date on its cover because Hefner wasn't sure there would be a second edition. In that first run, Hefner sold 54,175 copies of Playboy magazine at 50 cents each. The first edition sold so well because Marilyn Monroe was the "Sweetheart of the Month" (which was thereafter termed "playmate").

first clime to mount Everest

After years of dreaming about it and seven weeks of climbing, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest , the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953. They were the first people to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.

The fist clime to mount Everest

DNA discovered

  1. Though DNA--short for deoxyribonucleic acid--was discovered in 1869, its crucial role in determining genetic inheritance wasn't demonstrated until 1943. In the early 1950's, Watson and Crick were only two of many scientists working on figuring out the structure of DNA. 1954


1954- Britain Sponsors an Expedition to Search for the Abominable Snowman

Search for the abominable snowman

In 1954, a young English journalist named Ronald Downing traveled to the Midlands to call on a man about whom he had heard only fleeting reports. This man, Downing had been told, was a reclusive Eastern European traveler who had had the strange good fortune to see a yeti–an “abominable snowman,” the legendary, supposedly humanoid inhabitant of the high Himalayas. The London Daily Mail, for which Downing wrote, was financing a Himalayan expedition of its own to find and photograph the yeti, and Downing was charged with obtaining a suitably colorful background story.

Jan 1st - KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting

The station first signed on the air on January 1, 1954, it has served as a primary CBS affiliate since its sign-on, but originally also carried select programs from ABC, NBC and Du Mont. The station originally operated from studio facilities housed inside the Washington Eeyore Hotel in downtown Shreveport. William Carter Henderson, son of William Kennon Henderson, Jr. (founder of the radio), was among the original owners of KSLA-TV

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