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Pop in the age of the atomic bomb. On 11 October 1962, the Beatles' first single for EMI, Love Me Do, entered the UK charts.

Pop in the age of the atomic bomb

Four days later, the Cuban missile crisis began, when a US reconnaissance plane spotted Soviet missile bases in Cuba. In the days that followed, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war. As a Soviet general later said, Earth was "minutes" away from "catastrophe". The Beatles' extraordinary breakthrough from that date onwards has been put down to a variety of factors, not the least the quality of their music. But among all that explosive positive energy, it's hard not to sense, somewhere in the background, a reaction to the missile crisis. The Cuban missile crisis was the nearest the world had come to nuclear destruction since 1945, when US atomic bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ⚡Presentation "America in the 1950s The Eisenhower Era. American Society The Baby Boom –Between 1946 and 1961, 63.5 million babies –Effects Short term Long term." ⚡Presentation "Origins of the Cold War. 2 US/USSR Relationship during WWII 1939: Stalin (USSR) makes a deal with Hitler (Germany). 1941: Hitler breaks deal and attacks."

History: Cold War. How pop culture helped win the Cold War. The Bolshoi Ballet's Galina Ulanova in London in October 1956 receiving a bouquet of flowers from the Director-General of the BBC For many people, as our series shows, the great paradox of the Cold War was that it was at once utterly terrifying and strangely glamorous.

How pop culture helped win the Cold War

One example tells a wider story. Almost exactly 50 years ago, the dust was still settling after the high-stakes brinkmanship of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world had come closer than ever before to nuclear annihilation. Now, a year on, Fleet Street reported a new twist in the nuclear game, with the news that France’s Mirage 4 bombers had just come into commission.

Yet the papers in October 1963 devoted rather more attention to a very different story – a second cinematic outing for a secret agent who, as one critic put it, “acts out our less reputable fantasies without ever going too far”. From Russia with Love (1963): with Sean Connery as James Bond and Daniela Bianchi as Soviet embassy clerk Tatiana Romanova. POST WAR POLITICS. Extended Standards. History of the Atomic Age. Post World War. Home | 6th-15th centuries | 16-17th centuries | 18-19th centuries | 1901 to World War II Victors, Independence Movements and Cold War.

Post World War

The Great Depression - Facts & Summary. Among the programs and institutions of the New Deal that aided in recovery from the Great Depression were the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which built dams and hydroelectric projects to control flooding and provide electric power to the impoverished Tennessee Valley region of the South, and the Works Project Administration (WPA), a permanent jobs program that employed 8.5 million people from 1935 to 1943.

The Great Depression - Facts & Summary

After showing early signs of recovery beginning in the spring of 1933, the economy continued to improve throughout the next three years, during which real GDP (adjusted for inflation) grew at an average rate of 9 percent per year. A sharp recession hit in 1937, caused in part by the Federal Reserve’s decision to increase its requirements for money in reserve. Civil Rights Movement - Black History. Severe government repression, the assassinations of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, and the intense infighting within the black militant community caused a decline in protest activity after the 1960s.

Civil Rights Movement - Black History

The African-American freedom struggle nevertheless left a permanent mark on American society. Overt forms of racial discrimination and government-supported segregation of public facilities came to an end, although de facto, as opposed to de jure, segregation persisted in northern as well as southern public school systems and in other areas of American society. In the South, antiblack violence declined. Black candidates were elected to political offices in communities where blacks had once been barred from voting, and many of the leaders or organizations that came into existence during the 1950s and 1960s remained active in southern politics. Southern colleges and universities that once excluded blacks began to recruit them.

The Reader’s Companion to American History. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Digital Public Library of America. Facing History and Ourselves. Cold War Museum.