1950s

1950s

“Listen with Mother” first broadcast on the Light Programme on Radio

India became a republic
The Eagle Comic first appeared featuring Dan Dare and Captain Pugwash in 1950
The pilot episode of the Archers was aired in 1950
Andy Pandy first shown on BBC TV
Alan Turing’s Turing test for machine intelligence first published
C.S.Lewis published The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 1950
Peter Gabriel (musician), Richard Branson (entrepreneur) and Princess Anne (princess) born in 1950
Denis the Menace first appeared in the Beano in 1951
The Goon Show first aired in 1951
Zebra crossings first introduced
GCE O-level and A-level exams introduced
Sooty first appeared on BBC TV in 1952
King George VI died in 1952
Introduction of the Atomic Bomb to the UK
Olympics in Helsinki in 1952
Integrated circuits first proposed
Bill & Ben and the Flowerpot men first aired on the TV
“My Naughty Little Sister” by Dorothy Edwards and Mary Norton’s book “The Borrowers” were published in 1952
Queen Elizabeth is crowned in 1953
Sweet rationing ended following the war in 1953
The first James Bond story was published
The first Italian Espresso Cafe in the UK opened in 1953
Matchbox toy vehicles first roll out of the shops
Oxford won the 100th Boat a Race in 1954
Roger Banister ran the first sub four minute mile in 1954 on the Iffley Road track in Oxford
The Lord of the Rings was first published, written by J.R.R.Tolkien
Rationing finally ended in July 1954
Annie Lennox was born in 1954
ITV television started broadcasting in 1955
Birdseye Fish Fingers first sold in the UK
Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), Simon Rattle (conductor) and Billy Idol (singer) born in 1955
Double yellow lines first introduced to the UK in Slough in 1956
Humphrey Lyttleton and his band recorded the first English Jazz top 20 record in 1956
Corgi Cars introduced in 1956
The first commercial nuclear power plant opened in 1956
Tescos opened their first stores in 1956
The Hundred and One Dalmatians book by Dodie Smith was published
The first television April Fools trick played was the Spaghetti Tree documentary televised on Panorama in 1957
The Sky at Night first televised on the BBC
The Royal Christmas Message was first televised in 1957
Fern Britton, Nick Hornby and Stephen Fry were born in 1957
The London Planetarium opened in 1958
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award was introduced in 1958
First parking meters introduced
The first Carry On film (Carry on Sergeant) produced
Cliff Richard’s single “Move It” reaches number 2 in the charts. It’s the first NON American rock and roll songs to be successful
Blue Peter first aired in October 1958
The Preston Bypass (the FIRST motorway) was opened in 1958
Paddington (written by Michael Bond) published
The first hovercraft was launched in 1959
Barclays became he first ban to install a computer in 1959
Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Perry Como and Harry Belafonte all topped the charts in the 1950s

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