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1950 1951 1952 1953

By Times Staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 20, 2003

Jan. 31
President Truman denounces Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy as pathological, untruthful and a character assassin.
Feb. 6
England's King George VI dies. He is succeeded by his 25-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.
Feb. 29
New York City installs four walk/don't walk signals in Times Square. The city also plans to install traffic lights with three colors, adding amber to reduce accidents.
March 10
Gen. Fulgencio Batista regains power in Cuba after a coup d'etat against President Carlos Prio Socarras.
March 22
Tornadoes leave 200 dead and 2,500 hurt in Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.
April 22
1-million people watch a Nevada atomic bomb test on television.
May 7
Gen. Mark Clark replaces Gen. Ridgway as supreme commander of the U.N. forces.
June 1
East Germany technically closes doors to outsiders.
July 3
Egypt's King Farouk is deposed in a military coup.
July 12
Dwight D. Eisenhower wins the Republican nomination for president.

July 17-Aug. 4
Battle for Old Baldy.

July 23
Massive airstrikes against North Korea's hydroelectric power grid cause an almost complete blackout for more than two weeks.

July 26
The Democrats pick Adlai E. Stevenson for their presidential ticket.

In Argentina, Eva Peron dies.

Aug. 3
The Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland.

[Photo: courtesy Louis Holzworth]
Soldiers watch shelling from their bunker during the Korean War.
Aug. 12-16-Sept. 5-15
Battle of Bunker Hill.
Aug. 29
War's largest air raid. Allied planes bomb Pyongyang in a 1,403-sortie assault - the largest single-day raid of the war.
Sept. 17-24
At Outpost Kelly, the 65th Infantry Regiment (3rd Infantry Division) is besieged by the Chinese.
Sept. 24
GOP vice presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon gives his "Checkers" speech.
Oct. 7
Yankees take third world series in a row, defeating the Dodgers in the final game.
Oct. 14-25
Operation Showdown: Battle of Hill 598, also known as Sniper Ridge.
Oct. 26-28
Battle of the Hook.
Nov. 1
The hydrogen bomb is exploded by the Atomic Energy Commission at Eniwetok atoll in the South Pacific.
Nov. 4
Eisenhower elected president; John F. Kennedy is elected to the Senate.
Dec. 25
T-Bone Hill. The 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, repels Chinese forces during an intense battle.
Dec. 28
Lions defeat the Browns 17-7 to take the NFL title.

1950 1951 1952 1953

SOURCES: The Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee; Chronicle of the 20th Century; Timelines by Paul Dickson

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