Sputnik 1 was launched
Rosa Parks incites the Montgomery bus boycott
start of Civil Rights
Disneyland opens in California
Brown vs Board of Education
Television was first introduced
Automobiles became much more available
Elizabeth ll becomes Queen
The Double Helix DNA Model is revealed by Francis Crick and James Watson.
The McDonald's chain of restaurants is started by Ray Kroc.
The microchip is co-invented by Robert Noyce and Jack Kilby.
The Great Chinese Famine begins.
The Cuban revolution ends and Fidel Castro comes to power