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The Fifties

The 50s - the technology, science, and inventions


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The 50s have always been described as a conservative period socially, however, advancements in technology were about to change all that. During the 50s, television became the dominant media. While television had been invented many years previous, the 50s saw nearly every family buying a television set, and nearly everyone watching television for longer and longer periods of time. Television broadcasts became our number one source of news, information, and entertainment during the 50s. Live news broadcasts were now possible coast to coast, and this has changed our world forever.


  • The first credit card (Diners) invented by Ralph Schneider.


  • Super glue invented.
  • Power steering invented by Francis W. Davis.
  • Charles Ginsburg invented the first video tape recorder (VTR).




  • Oral contraceptives invented - the pill.
  • The first nonstick teflon pan produced.
  • The solar cell invented by Chaplin, Fuller and Pearson.
  • Ray Kroc started McDonalds.



  • The first computer hard disk used.
  • The hovercraft invented by Christopher Cockerell.
  • Bette Nesmith Graham invented "Mistake Out," later renamed Liquid Paper, to paint over mistakes made with a typewriter.


  • Fortran (computer language) invented.



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