I was thinking about the difference in holidays off from schools these days and back in the 1950’s and even the 1960’s
We didn’t have 3 day holidays, we did observe a half day on Holy Thursday, then no school on Good Friday and following Easter Day, we went back to school on monday.
I remember school letting out in early June about the 10th or so, I’m talking only of the pubic schools from the county and city where I lived. But I think it may have been the same in most of the states at that time.
I remember observing President Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb, 12th and we had President Washington’s Birthday off on Feb, 22nd. We had a half day on Dec 23, for the Christmas Holidays and went back after the new year.
I looked up and found these calendar of Holidays and Observances: from the year 1955
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day
Feb 22 Presidents’ Day
Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day
Apr 10 Easter Sunday
Apr 15 Tax Day..
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 8 Mother’s Day
May 30 Decoration Day Jun 19 Father’s Day
Jul 4 Independence Day
Sep 5 Labor Day
Oct 12 Columbus Day (Most regions)
Oct 31 Halloween
Nov 11 Veterans Day
Nov 24 Thanksgiving Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Christmas Day’ observed
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve.
The Fabulous 1950’s
There are those who may think what was so good about the 1950’s and 60’s there was a lot of problems that’s for sure, but if you were there and lived it you would see the difference I see today, it was a time that you didn’t see the big picture because as a kid you couldn’t how could you?
That for the Adults to figure out not us kids, but it seems to me that growing up as a pre-teen in the 1950’s and as a young teen in the 1960’s there was a change you didn’t see coming! it seemed that kids grew up faster at that time beginning in 1963 with the passing of President Kennedy.
I remember it well where I was and what I was doing, It all seemed to end on that day and as the 1960’s moved on it just got that much worst! So anyone who was there has their own memories from that time period, and a different point of opinion I’m sure.
Was the 1950’s so Fabulous? and the 1960’s so groovy? You had to be there are the only words I can say. To me being kid in the 50’s was a fabulous time hands down! and though the music really was groovy, the 1960’s fell apart after 1963 in my view.
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I’ll be adding the number one hits of the 1950’s from Billboard.
Songs that Reached number one by Artist(s)
Single Record labels and Weeks at number one.
January 7, 1950 Gene Autry “Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer”
January 14, 1950 The Andrews Sisters “I Can Dream, Can’t I”
February 11, 1950 The Ames Brothers “Rag Mop”
February 18, 1950 Red Foley “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy”
March 18, 1950 Teresa Brewer “Music! Music! Music!”
April 15, 1950 Eileen Barton “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake”
National (local); Mercury (nationwide)
April 29, 1950 Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme”
July 15, 1950 Nat King Cole “Mona Lisa”
August 19, 1950 Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers “Goodnight Irene”♪ (1950)
November 18, 1950 Sammy Kaye “Harbor Lights”
December 2, 1950 Phil Harris “The Thing”
December 30, 1950 Patti Page “The Tennessee Waltz”
I’ll be adding more over time.
Our Miss Brooks is an American sitcom starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high-school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast on CBS from 1948 to 1957. When the show was adapted to television (1952–56), it became one of the medium’s earliest hits. In 1956,
the sitcom was adapted for the big screen in the film of the same name.Our Miss Brooks ran for 130 episodes on television and won an Emmy Award before it was canceled in 1956. In the 1954–55 season, it overpowered its NBC competition, Dear Phoebe, starring Peter Lawford and Charles Lane, which failed to be renewed for a second season.
Our Miss Brooks finished in Nielsen ratings that season at number 15 overall after previously ranking at number 23 in 1952–1953 and #14 in 1953–1954. For the 1955–56 season, with the format change and Rockwell (as Boynton) replaced by Gene Barry, the ratings fell.
To rectify their mistake, the producers brought back Rockwell as Boynton in midseason, but it did not help. The show was canceled in the spring of 1956. However, in the theatrical film Our Miss Brooks released by Warner Bros. in the same year, Connie and Mr. Boynton were finally engaged to be married. The television series was seen for several years thereafter in rebroadcasts.
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Back in the 1950’s there was a Bakery named Margies and it made the best cakes, roll, breads you ever tasted! On a sunday my father would send me or one of my Sister, or Brothers to get a great tasting Crumb Cake that cost $1.00 and
some buns and fresh out of the oven rolls! Oh what a treat it was! There were a few good Bakeries in my town back then but to us Margies was the best what great memories!.
I Love Lucy is a landmark American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials; it ran from 1957 to 1960. It was first known as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.
The show, which was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations.
I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched only by The Andy Griffith Show in 1968 and Seinfeld in 1998). The show is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world and remains popular with an American audience of 40 million each year. A colorized version of its Christmas episode attracted more than 8 million viewers when CBS aired it in prime time in 2013 – 62 years after the show premiered. A second colorized special, featuring the “L.A. At Last!” and “Lucy and Superman” episodes, aired on May 17, 2015, attracting 6.4 million viewers.
I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine. Credit-wikipedia.org
1950’s Events Part 1
This is part one of two lists of events that happened in the 1950s.
For your information from Wikipedia.
1950 – Senator Joseph McCarthy gains power, and McCarthyism (1950–1954)
1950 – McCarran Internal Security Act
1950 – Korean War begins
This is a list of events from th 1950s from Wikipedia for your information.1950 – The comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz, is first published
1950 – NBC airs Broadway Open House a late-night comedy, variety, talk show through 1951. Hosted by Morey Amsterdam and Jerry Lester and Dagmar, it serves as the prototype for the The Tonight Show
1950 – Failed assassination attempt by two Puerto Rican nationals on President Harry S. Truman while the President was living at Blair House.
1951 – 22nd Amendment, establishing term limits for President.
1951 – Mutual Security Act
1951 – General Douglas MacArthur fired by President Truman for comments about using nuclear weapons on China
1951 – The first live transcontinental television broadcast takes place in San Francisco, California from the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. One month later, the situation comedy I Love Lucy premieres on CBS, sparking the rise of television in the American home and the Golden Age of Television.
1951 – See It Now, an American newsmagazine and documentary series broadcast by CBS from 1951 to 1958. It was created by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly, Murrow being the host of the show.
1951 – The Catcher in the Rye is published by J. D. Salinger and invigorates the rebellious youth of the period, eventually earning the title of a Classic with its profound impact.
1952 – The debut of the Today show on NBC, originally hosted by Dave Garroway is the fourth longest running talk show on television.
1952 – ANZUS Treaty enters into force
1952 – Immigration and Nationality Act
1952 – United States presidential election, 1952 (Dwight D. Eisenhower
elected1953 – Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated as President1953 – Rosenbergs executed1953 – Korean Armistice Agreement1953 – Shah of Iran returns to power in CIA-orchestrated coup known as Operation Ajax
1954 – The Tournament of Roses Parade becomes the first event nationally televised in color
1954 – Detonation of ‘Bravo’ a 15 megaton Hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll. 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki weapons, it vapourised three islands, displaced the islanders and caused long lasting contamination.
1954 – Joseph McCarthy discredited in Army-McCarthy hearings
1954 – The CIA overthrows Guatemala‘s president Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán (Operation PBSUCCESS)
1954 – Saint Lawrence Seaway Act, permitting the construction of the system of locks, canals and channels that permits ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the North American Great Lakes, is approved
1954 – Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark decision of the Supreme Court, declares state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students and denying black children equal educational opportunities unconstitutional
1954 – The U.S. becomes a member of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (or SEATO) alliance
1954 – Geneva Conference. U.S. rejects the French decision to recognize Communist control of North Vietnam. U.S. increases aid to South Vietnam.
1954 – The People’s Republic of China lays siege on Quemoy and Matsu Islands; Eisenhower sends in Navy to demonstrate an invasion of Taiwan would not be permitted
1954 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high of 382.74, the first time the Dow has surpassed its peak level reached just before the Wall Street Crash of 1929
1954 – NBC airs the The Tonight Show the first late-night talk show is originally hosted by Steve Allen1955 – Ray Kroc opens a McDonald’s fast food restaurant and, after purchasing the franchise from its original owners, oversees its national (and later, worldwide) expansion
1955 – Rosa Parks incites the Montgomery bus boycott
1955 – AFL and CIO merge in America’s largest labor union federation
1955 – Warsaw Pact, which establishes a mutual defense treaty subscribed to by eight communist states in Eastern Europe (including the USSR)
1955 – Disneyland opens at Anaheim, California
1955 – Jonas Salk develops polio vaccine
1955 – Rock and roll music enters the mainstream, with “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets becoming the first record to top the Billboard pop charts. Elvis Presley also begins his rise to fame around this same time.
1955 – Actor James Dean is killed in a highway accident
This covers the years 1950 to 1955.
The second list is located under the 50’s events link on top.
Credit – wikipedia.org