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  • 1950 | Irish Sixpence Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    Football Championship Tipperary won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Famous Irish people born that year include Gabrielle Byrne Actor Neil Jordan Director Martin McGuiness Politician Sinn Fein Also born that year were Bill Murray Actor Cybill Shepard Actress Ed Harris Actor Franco Harris Athlete Jay Leno American Talk Show Host Jeremy Paxman Presenter of Political Shows Karen Carpenter Musician Mark Spitz Swimmer Nora Roberts Author Richard Branson Businessman Stevie Wonder Singer William Hurt Actor Inventions in 1950 included Diners Credit Card First TV Remote Control is marketed Famous Irish movies included The Quiet Man Also that year Uruguay wins the 1950 World Cup in Brazil Communist China provides additional military forces to Communist North Korea North Korea invades South Korea capturing Seoul Great Brinks Robbery on January 17th in Boston President Truman approved U S construction of the hydrogen bomb US Defense Production Act starts wage and price controls US leads UN in Korean War Persecution of Communists is initiated by Senator McCarthy The Eastern United States suffers 7 days of Blizzard Conditions and strong winds leaving more than 1 million homes without power Chinese invasion of Tibet 12 nations agree to the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO for the defense of the United States and Europe Formation of the Warsaw Pact in answer to the wests NATO Volcanic cloud kills 5000 in Mount Lamington New Guinea Albert Einstein warns that nuclear war could lead to mutual destruction In South Africa the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races President Harry Truman sends United States military personnel to Vietnam to aid French forces First TV remote control Zenith Radio s Lazy Bones is marketed Diners Club Issues First Credit Cards President Truman authorizes production of hydrogen bomb 8 million homes in the US now own Televisions

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  • 1951 | Irish Shilling Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Tipperary won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Famous Irish people born that year include Bertie Ahern Former Taoiseach of Ireland Mary McAleese Former President of Ireland Enda Kenny Leader of Fine Gael and Current Taoiseach Paul Muldoon Writer Also born that year were Charles de Lint Canadian Writer Esther Dyson Businesswoman Gordon Brown Former Prime Minister of UK Fran Leowitz American Writer Jane Seymour Actress Author Kevin Keegan Footballer Coach Phil Collins Singer Steve Prefontaine Runner Yakov Smirnoff American Comedian Inventions in 1951 included Super glue Power steering Video tape recorder Famous Irish movies included N a Also that year Libya Gains Independence from Italy forcing him to live in India President Harry S Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as commander of United Nations Forces United Nations forces recapture Seoul during the Korean War Direct dial coast to coast telephone service begins in the United States First Color Television Pictures broadcast from Empire State Building The term Rock N Roll is coined by Cleveland Disc Jockey Alan Freed The Dennis the Menace comic strip appears in newspapers across the U S for the first time The Festival of Britain opens at the Royal

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  • 1952 | Irish Sixpence Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    drink sold Hydrogen bomb Famous Irish movies included N a Also that year Albert Einstein refuses Presidency of Israel Big Bang Theory of the creation of the Universe first propounded Elizabeth II becomes Queen upon the death of her father George VI De Havilland 110 fighter aircraft breaks up over spectators at Farnborough Air Show killing 30 Three Trains crash at Harrow in North London The Mau Mau Rebellion starts in Kenya South African Police Arrest Nelson Mandella India holds it s first general elections Thick smog in London on December 4th England causes 4 000 fatalities Britain announces it has Atomic Bomb Live Atomic bomb Test from testing site in Yucca Flats Nevada shown on Television California has it s second largest earthquake rocking 100 000 sq miles Charlie Chaplin refused entry back to the US after living in Hollywood for 20 years Rocky Marciano becomes world heavyweight champion after knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott Vice Presidential Candidate Richard M Nixon defends himself on Television over allegations of secret cash fund 3300 die of polio in U S 57 000 children are paralyzed The Last London Trams Decommissioned Mother Teresa opens the home for dying and destitute in Calcutta The Summer Olympics are held in July in Helsinki Finland Puerto Rico becomes a Self Governing Commonwealth Of the United States Steel Plants Placed Under Presidential Control after Steel Unions Threaten to Strike Military coup d etat in Egypt headed by Nasser The Winter Olympic Games are held in Oslo Norway The Diary of Anne Frank published The Today Program debuts on NBC the first of it s kind hosted by Dave Garroway The shows current presenters are Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira KFC Fried Chicken Franchise Opens Kentucky Fried Chicken MAD Magazine first issue Agatha Christie s murder mystery

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  • 1953 | Irish Threepence Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Famous Irish people born that in Ireland 1953 include Pierce Brosnan Actor Also born in 1953 that year were Chaka Khan Singer John Edwards US Politician Kim Basinger Actress Leon Spinks US Boxer Paul Allen Microsoft Co Founder Peter Mandelson Labour MP Ruby Wax Comedian Tim Allen American Comedian Tom Petty Actor Tony Blair Former Prime Minister of UK Inventions in 1953 included Radial tires Musical synthesizer Black box flight recorder Transistor radio Also that year Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay perform the first successful ascent to the summit of Mount Everest Death of Stalin Dweight D Eisenhower President of the United States President Dwight D Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 on 27th April which defined controversial hiring and firing rules for Government Employment The FBI rounds up communist leaders who were advocating overthrow of the Government The U S Supreme Court gave power to enforce right to work laws Shah of Iran is restored to power in Iran with help from the CIA Dr Jonas E Salk announced a vaccine had been used safely and successfully used in preliminary trials on 90 children and adults as a polio vaccine Royal Yacht Britannia Launched The strongest storms ever recorded break through flood defenses across the UK leaving 150 dead Queen Elizabeth II crowned queen of England on June 2nd in UK Four million workers go on a massive strike in France The Soviet Union crushes protests against the communist government of East Germany North Sea flood of 1953 kills 1 835 people in the southwestern Netherlands An earthquake hits western Turkey killing 250 Jomo Kenyatta the future leader of Kenya is sentenced to seven years hard labour Hurricane in South East Asia over 1000 dead Rationing of sugar ends in the United Kingdom Ian Fleming

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  • 1954 | Irish Shilling Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    Day to honor vets from the Civil War WWI and WWII and the Korean conflict Rosa Parks arrest in Montgomery Alabama sets the American Civil Rights Movement in Motion President Eisenhower signs into law the new social security bill funded by employers and employees President Dwight D Eisenhower performs the dedication ceremony for the Iwo Jima statue at the USMC War Memorial James D Watson and Francis H C Crick announce discovery of the double helix structure of DNA Senator Joseph R McCarthy continues his witch hunt for communist sympathizers in the US US Operation Wetback is started on 17th July to send back to Mexico almost 4 million illegal immigrants President Dwight D Eisenhower coins the Cold War phrase Domino Effect on the spread of Communism President Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act outlawing Communist Party in the US America does a large scale nationwide civil defense drill simulating Over 12 million Americans die in a mock nuclear attack Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all time high of 382 74 The Central Intelligence Agency CIA backed Castillo Armas takes over as leader of Guatemala The Indo China war ends when France gives up North Vietnam to the Communists Earthquake strikes strikes Orleansville Algeria killing 1 600 The words under God are added to the United States Pledge of Allegiance Ellis Island in New York closes Nash and Hudson merged to form the American Motors Corporation AMC The Nash Metropolitan built by the Austin Motor Company by then part of British Motor Corporation went on sale for 1 445 10 000 Mau Mau Rebels Rounded Up in Kenya By British Forces Desert Locust Swarm Morocco destroying 14 million dollars of Citrus Fruits in 6 weeks BBC Television screens its famous and controversial adaptation of George Orwell s Nineteen

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  • 1955 | Irish Shilling Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    Bruce Willis Actor Edwin Moses Athlete Ellen Barkin Actress Greg Norman Golfer John Grisham Author Judy Davis Actress Kevin Cosner Actor Steve Jobs Founder of Apple Computers Steven Wright Comedian Nicholas Sarkozy French Prime Minister Inventions in 1955 included Optic Fibre Tetracycline Famous Irish movies included The Long Gray LIne Also that year US military intervention in Iran Hurricane Diane hits the northeast United States killing 200 and causing over 1 billion in damage Great Britain declares State of Emergency due to National Rail Strike The first Commercial TV Station with advertisements starts in London England British Newspapers Not Printed for 1 month due to strike in Fleet Street By Maintenance Workers Clement Attlee who oversaw the creation of the British Welfare System resigns as leader of the Labour Party Princess Margaret announces she will not marry divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend The St Lawrence Seaway opens to Ocean Vessels from Montreal to US ports on the Great Lakes The Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies sign the Warsaw Pact giving integration of military economic and cultural policy between the eight Communist nations Great Britain effected by worst winter storms causing roads rail and problems with food and medical supplies Disneyland opens in California on July 17th In God We Trust is added to all US paper currency United Airlines Flight 629 is blown up shortly after takeoff over Longmont Colorado Ruth Ellis the last woman in England to be executed is hung at Holloway Prison 77 Die in a disaster at 24hr Le Mans Race The New Synthetic Material Polyurethane used in more and more everyday goods Emmett Till a black fourteen year old teenager is murdered for not showing respect to a white woman in Money Miss West Germany Joins NATO The Military seizes control in Argentina

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  • 1958 | Irish Sixpence Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    year include Feargal Sharkey Singer Adrian Dunbar Actor Alec Baldwin Actor Andie MacDowell Actress Belinda Carlisle Singer Gary Oldman Actor Holly Hunter Actress Jamie Lee Curtis Actress Kate Bush Singer Kevin Bacon Actor Madonna Singer Michael Flatley Riverdance Michael Jackson Singer Michelle Pfeiffer Actress Tim Robbins Actor Singer Inventions in 1958 included Modem Laser Hula Hoop Integrated Circuit Famous Irish movies included The Last Hurray Rooney Also that year NASA North American Space Agency is formed 14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the United States Chess Championship Munich air disaster on February 6th 1958 21 dead including 7 Manchester United Players Toyota and Datsun Cars go on sale in The US Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union US passenger jet flights start with a National Airlines Boeing 707 The first Trans Atlantic passenger jetliner service begins with flights between London and New York on the new British Comet Jet Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army General Charles de Gaulle becomes Prime Minister of France Brazil wins the 1958 World Cup in Sweden The Microchip co invented by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductors later developed

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  • 1959 | Irish Sixpence Cufflinks | Birthday Cufflinks
    Actor Lawrence Taylor Athlete Val Kilmer Actor Inventions in 1959 included Pacemaker Barbie Doll Microchip Irish movies included Darby O Gill and the Little People Shake Hands with the Devil Also that year Fidel Castro comes to power in Cuba after Revolution with the first communist state in the west The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in New York City is completed Alaska becomes the 49th State of the United States Hawaii becomes the 50th State of the United States The new Labor Reform Act passed to control union powers The Austin Seven Mini from the British Motor Corporation goes on sale for 500 August 30th Hudson and Nash join on January 14th to become AMC American Motors Association Archbishop Makarios is elected president of the Independent Cyprus Republic The United Kingdom grants Cyprus its independence Flood in Taiwan leaves 2 000 dead St Lawrence Seaway a joint US Canadian venture is completed linking the great lakes to the Atlantic Ocean US Unemployment reaches 1 4 million NASA introduces America s first astronauts to the world including John H Glenn Jr and Alan Shepard Jr Direct Dial Payphones Introduced In The UK An International agreement is signed to preserve Antartica Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev argue about advantages of communism and capitalism in a Kitchen known as the Kitchen Debate on July 24th The spiritual leader of Tibet the Dalai Lama flees Tibet and obtains political asylum in India Boeing 707 Jet Airliner comes into service cutting 8 hrs from transatlantic Flight First Pictures Of Earth From Space Taken By Explorer 6 IBM shipped the transistor based IBM 1401 mainframe US Launches first Weather Station in Space Popular Culture The US Grammy Music Awards Started The last musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein The Sound of Music opens on

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