Living History Lectures ~ Tames Alan

Historical, educational, hysterical. One costumed woman tells you like it WAS.

Random Historical Facts: 1950's-1970's

Vodka wasn’t drunk much outside of Russia until the 1950s, when it caught on as a mixer for cocktails.

Posted 08/15/2011

The breathalyzer made its first appearance in Britain in 1967.

Posted 07/01/2012

The most popular car in 1950s Britain was the Morris Minor. It could do 0-50 in 30 seconds.

Posted 02/15/2013

In early 1950s Britain, less than 10% of households owned a car. By the end of the decade, 1 in 3 households had one.

Posted 08/01/2013

The first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, came out in 1953. It contained more descriptions of food than of killing people. For the British reading public still on food ration coupons, this was a great fantasy escape.

Posted 04/15/2014

The soundtrack for West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, spent 54 weeks at Number One in the Billboard chart (that’s 17 weeks longer than Michael Jackson’s Thriller).

Posted 04/01/2015

Frozen fish fingers, called fish sticks in America, first went on sale in Britain in 1955. They were originally going to be called “frozen cod pieces.”

Posted 02/15/2016

During a Gemini mission in 1965, some 115 years after it was written in a pub in Medford MA, Jingle Bells became the first song ever broadcast to earth from space.

Posted 12/15/2016

It wasn’t until 1953 that the first women graduated with a law degree from Harvard Law School.


On July 1, 1963, the U.S. Post Office introduced five-digit ZIP codes