You may not remember the 1950’s, but does not mean you are unaware of 1950’s trivia. For example, you may remember that the conflict known as the Korean War started on June 25, 1950. In October 26, 1951, a World War II hero was elected to office. Do you know who it was? It was Winston Churchill, who was elected Prime Minister at the age of 77. When King George IV died during the night of February 5, 1952, his daughter, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, became the new ruling British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
Some 1950’s trivia is more obscure than most. For example, most people remember the name Nikita Khrushchev when referring to the former Soviet Union. But do you remember who replaced Stalin as Premier after his death? When Stalin died on March 5, 1953, he was replaced by Georgy Maximilianovich Malenkov, who was in the office until 1955.
1950’s trivia is filled with many sports facts as well. Do you remember the name of the first man to run the four-minute mile? It was Roger Bannister. Roger broke the milestone on May 6, 1954 by running a mile in three minutes, 59.4 seconds. But he only kept his record for forty one days. It was then broken by John Landy, who ran the mile in three minutes, 58 seconds. Do you remember the famous Yankee that retired in 1952? It was Joe DiMaggio, who still holds the record for longest hitting streak (hitting in 54 consecutive games).
Do you know what iconic figure died on September 30, 1955? It was James Dean. His cool swagger, short film career and early death made him a cult figure. Another cult figure from the 1950’s entered the record charts for the first time on February 22, 1956. That was Elvis Presley with his number one hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel.”