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A Biography of America

The Fifties – Key Events

1945

Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa

United Nations founded

Germany surrenders

Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Japan surrenders

1946

Baby boom begins

1947

Levittown, NY begun

1948

Marshall Plans helps European economic recovery

1949

Soviet Union explodes atomic bomb

1950

McCarthy hearings begin

Korean War begins

Rosenbergs charged with treason

1953

Korean War ends

1954

Senate condemns McCarthy

1955

AFL and CIO merge

1956

Interstate highway system launched

1958

Congress passes National Defense Education Act to improve math, science, and foreign language education

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