by Matt & Alex

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1955 was an extraordinary year. James Dean died in a car crash. The first Rock & Roll songs make the charts. It was a time of desegregation for African Americans and a time of better pay. The Montgomery bus boycott begins. Many businesses developed such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Coca-Cola. Ray Kroc opened his first McDonald's in Des Plaines. Pink clothes became fashionable for men! Women wore very formal and proper dress wear. Federal minimum wage rose to $1 an hour. Artificial diamonds were first created and the world said good bye to Albert Einstein. There were about 1,800 shopping centers in the U.S. because people from the cities were moving to the suburbs.  28th Annual Academy Awards:
Best Picture: Marty
Best Actress: Anna Magnani for The Rose Tattoo
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine for Marty

Emmy Awards:
Best Comedy: Phil Silvers Show (You'll Never Get Rich)
Best Drama: Producers' Showcase
 

 

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The 1950's