POP Culture: 1950
ICONS: Baby Boom, Elvis, Rosa Parks
RCA broadcasts the first color television program on June 25, 1951.
Sam Phillips opens the "Sun Records" record label in Memphis, TN, March 27, 1952.
Francis Crick and James Watson discover the spiral structure of DNA on February 28, 1953, and report the findings in
Nature on April 25, 1953. Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips introduced radio listeners to Elvis Presley on On July 8, 1953, when he played "That's All Right" on his "Red, Hot, and Blue show."
The Old Man and the Sea receives a 1953 Pulitzer Prize. In 1954, the author is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, launches on January 21, 1954.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refuses to vacate her seat aboard a Montgomery, AL, bus.
Fred Gipson publishes the novel,
Old Yeller in 1956 and receives a Newbury Honor in 1957. CBS debuts
Leave It to Beaver on October 4, 1957. Brazil wins its first Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, beating Sweden 5-2, on June 29, 1958.
Alaska and Hawaii become the 49th and 50th states, respectively, in 1959.
Twilight Zone begins airing October 2, 1959.
The 1950 Census
10 Largest Urban Places
U.S. Resident Population:
Population per square mile of land area:
New York City, NY
Percent increase of population from 1940 to 1950:
Official Enumeration Date:
Number of States:
Los Angeles, CA
Cost per Capita (cents):
Total Pages in Published Reports:
Number of Enumerators:
St. Louis, MO
Census Bureau Director:
Roy Victor Peel 9
Number of Questions on the Short Form:
Number of Questions on the Long Form:
Other lists of largest urban places.
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: September 24, 2015