Aftermath of World Struggle II
The Nineteen Fifties was a particular time in historical past. Throughout World Struggle II, the USA and the Soviet Union have been allies.
On the finish of the battle, the Stalinization of Jap European nations started to drive them aside creating an environment of hysteria and concern.
These East European nations that had been liberated from Nazi occupation have been overrun by the Soviets who put in authoritarian, single social gathering regimes.
Germany itself, was divided in half and its capital metropolis, Berlin was break up in two finally making a capitalist, West Germany and communist, East Germany.
Communism’s affect was pervasive and represive. It managed and censored the media, it took away the Orthodox religion of its folks, silenced political dissent and indoctrinated the communist beliefs on younger folks.
In 1949, Chinese language Communist chief Mao Zedong declared the creation of the Folks’s Republic of China (PRC).
The unfold of communism marked the start of the Chilly Struggle and fierce rivalry during which the USA and Soviet Union and their respective allies competed for political and army supremacy.
Con Athanasas – Korean Struggle Veteran
Con Athanasas is a Korean battle veteran. He was born within the hilltop village of Mesanagros in 1929 in Rhodes Island, Greece and was a kind of courageous troopers of the Hellenic Infantry Battalion who fought with honor and valor in Korea (1950-!953).
In June 1950, the United Nations joined the battle with 21 nations (together with Australia and Nice Britain) on the aspect of South Korea (the USA despatched about 90% of the troops to assist South Korea).
Con served with the elite, Greek “Particular Expeditionary Power” (Hellenic Military infantry battalion) which numbered just below 900 males named “The Spartan Brigade” beneath Spartan Lieutenant Colonel Georgios Koumanakos. They have been positioned beneath the general command of the US 1st Cavalry Division and later beneath the general command of US third Infantry Division.
Con had to deal with the horrors on the battlefields and trenches and finally, noticed lots of his mates die, others returned to long-term struggling with bodily disabilities or, haunted by the photographs of battle imprinted silently of their recollections and their desires.
The Greek unit was awarded the US Presidential Unit Quotation by President Harry Truman for his or her braveness and bravado with one U.S. commander commenting, “Aside from the Brits and the Aussies, no one else was with us as a lot because the Greeks.”
The Korean Struggle grew to become slowed down right into a bloody stalemate and at last resulted in July 1953 with the Korean peninsula continues to be divided.
Con Athanasas migrated to Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 1955 and in the identical yr married Dimitria Manis, one other immigrant from Mesanagros on the previous Saint George, Greek Orthodox Church.
Historic Nineteen Fifties Timeline
Queen of the British Commonwealth
Queen Elizabeth II grew to become Queen on February 6, 1952, and was topped on June 2, 1953
Australian Prime Minister
First interval as Prime Minister 1939 – 1941
Second interval as Prime Minister 1949 – 1966
Harry S. Truman
thirty third President
1945 – 1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower
thirty fourth President
1953 – 1961
The Fabulous Fifties
The Nineteen Fifties was dominated by healthful household beliefs and customary decency the place kids have been raised throughout the safety of a heat and loving close-knit, household dwelling.
Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay, scaled Mount Everest to be the primary to succeed in its summit on Could 29, 1953.
In 1957, the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 was launched into house carrying the primary educated stray canine named Laika. It died within the spacecraft.
New style tendencies developed within the Nineteen Fifties resembling bikinis, pointed-toe sneakers, Elvis jackets with upturned collar and stiletto heels reached new peaks of recognition.
Tv changed radio because the dominant mass media. In style household reveals of the last decade included I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Father Is aware of Greatest, Depart it to Beaver, the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Superman, Davy Crockett, Lassie, the Mickey Mouse Membership and Mouseketeers and the fantastic, Walt Disney’s Disneyland with weekly episodes representing: Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland.
Childhood heroes have been Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger and Annie Oakley with their many adventures. Different in style cowboy reveals included Bonanza, Rawhide, Cheyenne, Wagon Practice, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Rin Tin Tin – to call just some. And, after all, there have been the film western heroes like John Wayne, James Stewart, Joel McCrea, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott and Audie Murphy.
Elvis Presley – The King of Rock and Roll
Rock and Roll and Elvis Presley was the epitome of the Nineteen Fifties musical revolution that swept the world. He scored his first number-one hit (“Heartbreak Resort” in 1956), and “Hound Canine” was the top-selling single of the last decade.
Different basic vocalists of the last decade included Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Doris Day and Patty Web page who all remained in style all through and past the 1950’s.
Life in Nineteen Fifties Adelaide – South Australia
Adelaide, the capital of South Australia is the Metropolis of Church buildings. It was a tram city for half a century, with tree-lined suburbs, quarter-acre block properties and its pleasant nook retailers the place folks from the suburbs and surrounding streets got here to purchase their groceries.
Adelaide can be well-known for its iconic Hills Hoist, a rotary clothesline developed by World Struggle II veteran Lance Hill in 1945, the dunny (bathroom), strategically positioned out the again of a home or public constructing and for its magical, John Martin’s Christmas Pageant held yearly on the second Saturday of November.
These have been the times when contemporary bread and milk was delivered to the doorstep within the early hours of the morning and blocks of ice was nonetheless being delivered for the ice field in properties by horse-drawn wagon.
Folks would sleep outdoors on their entrance lawns on heat summer season nights and the Salvation Military brass band and choir performed and sang their stunning Christian songs of worship and proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus on suburban road corners.
Girls and boys sat on totally different sides of the classroom and likewise had totally different playgrounds to play on. Each morning earlier than the beginning of classes, each faculty little one was given half a pint of milk to drink.
And, after all, it was full service at each service station the place the attendant stuffed the tank, checked your tyres, water and oil and cleaned your windshield.
Saturday Afternoon Matinee
An vital custom of rising up in Adelaide within the Nineteen Fifties was the Saturday afternoon matinee on the native image theatre for the younger folks.
Ushers with shining torches would usher the younger to their seats, the lights would dim and everybody stood as much as respect the Nationwide Anthem of God Save The Queen. There have been at all times two footage, a news-reel and a cartoon to get pleasure from whereas consuming popcorn, Fantales, Jaffas or a Dandy (ice cream), purchased earlier than the primary image began and once more in the course of the interval.
Elvis and Tammy films in addition to Tarzan starring Johnny Weissmuller have been in style in the course of the Nineteen Fifties. After the interval got here the cartoons resembling a Heckle and Jeckle, Tom and Jerry, Sylvester and Tweety-pie, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn the rooster in addition to the little cowboy, Yosemite Sam.
Traditional films performed included Excessive Midday (1952) and the Quiet Man (1952) in addition to Biblical films like The Gown (1953), The Ten Commandments (1956) and Ben-Hur (1959).
Bodgies and Widgies – The Rock n Roll Period
Bodgies and widgies was a youth subculture that existed in Australia and New Zealand in the course of the fabulous fifties and early sixties that was just like the rocker tradition in Nice Britain and the greaser tradition in the USA.
They have been typified by their costume, music and dance type as seen in Elvis Presley, James Dean and Marlon Brando films. Slicked again hair right into a quiff utilizing Brylcreem and normally with lengthy side-burns (the Elvis look), massive shouldered go well with jackets, stove-pipe tight becoming pants, and luminous socks (white and pink coloured socks have been in style). In addition they wore black or white T-shirts; ripple soled suede sneakers or pointed sneakers, brightly coloured shirts with up-turned collar (black, pink and purple coloured shirts have been extremely popular).
Widgies wore brief hair, tight slacks and sweaters or three-quarter-length pants or full flared skirts with rope petticoat beneath, like in Joyful Days in the event that they went out, bobby socks and a chiffon scarf across the neck with brightly colored sun shades.
The milk bars of the Nineteen Fifties that had juke-boxes was the place a younger ‘bodgie’ had a significantly better likelihood with the ladies.