Diner's Club introduced the first credit card in 1950.

In 1958, Royal Crown Cola introduced the second sugar-free soda, Diet Rite.

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Perhaps no phenomenon shaped American life in the 1950s more than . At the end of World War II, the television was a toy for only a few thousand wealthy Americans. Just 10 years later, nearly two-thirds of American households had a television.

The first national color cast was the 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade.

10. First diet soft drink (1952)

The seeds of dissent had been sown, however, and when a band of mostlyPiedmontese troops led by landed in Sicily in 1860, thepious young , son of the lateFerdinand II, proved himself ill prepared to meet a military challenge,even though he had Italy's largest army at his disposal. Sadly, a numberof high military officers had already been bribed by the Piedmontese, whileothers saw no reason to fight for a King who seemed reluctant to act. Weaponshad already been smuggled into Sicily to support the conquest, and the Britishfleet commanded by Admiral Rodney Mundy prevented the Sicilian ships fromattacking Garibaldi's vessels at Marsala, the British having already decided that their Sicilian monopoly might more secure under a new dynasty. Additional support soon arrivedfrom Piedmont.

The Raytheon Corporation produced the first microwaves for commercial use.

Throughout the early 50s the ponytail was a popular youthful hairstyle and it matured into the French pleat. Fashionable hairstyles began with simple ponytails and ended the decade with complex beehive arrangements. Popular hairstyles in the 1950s and 60s were the poodle cut and the French pleat and later the beehive which began at the tail end of the 50s.


Oak Island shore, showing oak trees (circa 1930)

A series of riots followed for several years after the unification, in Sicily and elsewherein the South, and only the presence of thousands of Piedmontese troops couldprevent the Sicilians from re-installing Francis II on the Throne. The newregime didn't only confiscate the national bank (and five million gold ducatsfrom the Palermo mint), whose assets dwarfed those of Piedmont, it killedtens of thousands of southerners between 1860 and 1870, civilians as well asarmed partisans; some were summarily executed while others died following years of forced labour in prison camps in northern Italy. Most were killed for little more than their openly-declared loyalty to the RoyalFamily of Naples, and in very few cases were there trials; those who were incarceratedin Alpine prisons were allegedly guilty of "treason." (This policy contrasted sharplywith that of the , who frequently pardoned criminals or relied upon simple exile of malcontents.)

Sketch of typical double breasted shirtwaist slim line 1950's dress.

“Fifties males felt deep, probably almost inexpressible, tension between the postwar nesting instinct and those restless other drives. Expressed in religious or quasi-religious ways, the alternative impulses helped shape the spiritual underground,” he writes.

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In the early fifties, America had easier access than the UK to really attractive man made fibre goods. Many UK people had their first nylon goods from America in parcels sent by American pen pals. I recall receiving beautiful silky lemon nylon pyjamas one Christmas and being so excited about them. But best of all, I received the following year a beautiful lemon nylon, tiered party dress even better than the PJs. I will never forget how wonderful that frilled and very pretty dress seemed - Sheila Sapp of Oakland Avenue, Ohio if ever you read this I thank you.

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Ideologically, the middle of the decade saw a new movement toward spirituality, both in mainstream religion and the religious underground, and liberal reform Judaism was on the rise. This period also saw the emergence of beat writers like Jack Kerouac. Ellwood suggests that the beat movement was an outlet for ’50s males who turned away from the postwar family bonding.