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Entertainment Firsts of the Fifties
"The 1950s were the height of the "baby boomer" generation after WWII. But there were a few births in the entertainment world of North America during that decade as well. Come see what some of them were."
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1950: You might not have made the football or baseball team in school and you might not have been the most popular kid in America. But what made its debut in this year that was guaranteed to take your mind off your troubles and raise a "chuck"le or two?
"Peanuts" comic strip
Monopoly board game
Etch A Sketch
1951: In this year, the Topps company first released what form of collectable items?
1952: The first episode of a long-running family saga appeared in this year. The sitcom involved two sons, one of whom was a "rock star" who died (in real life) in a plane crash in 1985. What television show was this?
I Love Lucy
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
The Donna Reed Show
1953: By today's standards, this magazine wouldn't have been considered particularly "racy". With a blonde movie bombshell starring on the first cover, what was this publication?
1954: This first book of a trilogy by an author born in South Africa (but who considered himself English/British) first appeared in this year. Which fantasy novel is this?
The Enchanted Wood
The Fellowship of the Ring
1955: There's nothing like taking a trip to a "fantasy land" to raise your spirits. Which amusement park opened its gates in this year?
1956: In this year what film with a character named "Passepartout", played by the actor Cantinflas and based on a novel by Jules Verne, came first in the contest for the Oscar Award for Best Picture?
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Around the World in 80 Days
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Master of the World
1957: What children's book by Theodore Geisel, which spawned a movie starring Mike Myers in 2003, was first published in this year?
Green Eggs and Ham
Horton Hears a Who
The Cat in the Hat
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
1958: Some people's personal favourite form of entertainment is a basic pleasure - that of food. Which fast food chain, which later had an iconic red roof in its logo, first opened in this year in Wichita Kansas?
1959: In this year, a veritable icon for many youngsters first appeared at a New York Toy Show. Which product, devoted to fashion, was this?
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Compiled Jul 06 12