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1950 1951 1952 1953

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

Jan 25
Operation Smack, an assault on Spud Hill by elements of the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.
March 5
Soviet leader Joseph Stalin dies four days after a brain hemorrhage. He was 73.
March 17
Hill 355, also known as Little Gibraltar, held by the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, is assaulted by Chinese.
March 26
A polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk is tested successfully in 90 adults and children.
March 26-30
Outposts known by the names of Nevada cities (Vegas, Reno, Carson), held by the 5th Marine Regiment, come under heavy attack. A Chinese regiment is destroyed.
April 3
The first issue of TV Guide is published.
April 16-18
Battle of Pork Chop Hill. The 17th and 31st Infantry Regiments, 7th Infantry Division, hit hard and suffer heavy casualties.
April 20-26
Operation Little Switch exchanges sick and wounded POWs, including 149 Americans.
April 25
Drs. James Watson and Francis Crick propose the double-helix structure for DNA.
May 4
Ernest Hemingway wins a Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
May 22
President Eisenhower signs a bill surrendering federal ownership of $80-billion of offshore oil and gas reserves to oil corporations.
May 31
U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles says if the Viet Minh defeat the French in Indochina, the rest of Southeast Asia will fall like dominoes under Soviet domination.
June 2
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest.
June 8
Tornadoes kill 139 in the Midwest. The next day, 92 are killed in New England storms.
June 15
The USS Princeton launches 184 sorties, a single-day Korean War record for offensive sorties flown from a carrier.
June 30
U.S. Air Force F-86 Sabre jets destroy 16 MiGs, the largest number shot down in one day.
July 6-10
Battle of Pork Chop Hill. The 7th Infantry Division is ordered to evacuate its defensive positions after five days of fighting.

[Photo: US Army]
Wounded infantryman rushed away at Pork Chop Hill.
July 13-20
Chinese forces launch a six-division attack in the Battle of Kumsong River Salient.
July 24-26
Final U.S. ground combat. A heavy enemy attack is launched in the Berlin Complex ("Boulder City") area held by the 7th and 1st Marine Regiments. The last Marine ground actions of the war are fought on Hills 111 and 119.
July 27
Last air kill of the war. F-86 pilot downs an enemy transport near the Manchurian border.

THE ARMISTICE is signed by Lt. Gen. Nam Il and Lt. Gen. William Harrison at 10 a.m. at Panmunjom. Twelve hours later, the guns fall silent.

Aug 5
Exchange of prisoners, known as Operation Big Switch, begins.

END of the Korean War

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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