Khrushchev and Nixon on TV

Decade at a Glance

The population grows to 151,684,000 people. Over 3-million people are still unemployed. With improved nutrition, medical discoveries and better-managed public health, life expectancy increases for all segments of the population.

The average American annual wage is $2,992 and men out-number women in the labor force 5/2.

Over 6 million cars are sold. 

National television begins in 1951 when a speech by President Harry Truman is broadcast. Soviet Nikita Khrushchev and Vice President Nixon debate on television in this photo.

The Supreme Court rules segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The Civil Rights Movement begins.

Jonas Salk discovers a vaccine for polio and immunization programs save children and adults from diseases once considered common. 

Domestic passenger jet service begins and the first U.S. satellite orbits the earth.

Alaska and Hawaii become states in the Union.