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 DECADE IN FOCUS

From colour TV to Mods and Rockers..

1955
James Dean starred in rebel Without a Cause.
James Dean died in car crash on September 30 at 24 years of age.
Sony launched world's first mass produced transistor radio.
BBC obtained exclusive rights to televise Test cricket.
Wembley hosted first floodlit international soccer match.

1956
Brigitte Bardot starred in And God Created Woman.
First TV coverage of Eurovision Song Contest.
Elvis Presley became teenage idol across the world.
Rocky Marciano retired as World Heavyweight Boxing Champion after winning all 49 bouts of his career.
Melbourne Olympics opened on November 22.

1957
Bridge on the River Kwai won eight Oscars.
Buddy Holly and the Crickets released That'll Be The Day.
First stereo records on sale in America.
Sputnik 1, the first satellite to orbit the earth, launched by Russia.

1958
Experimental stereo radio transmission started by the BBC.
Elvis Presley became army recruit on March 24.
Cliff Richard released Move It.
Mods and Rockers appeared - Rockers on motorbikes, Mods on scooters.
Air crash at Munich killed most of the Manchester United team.

1959
Ben Hur starring Charlton Heston released.
Sony launched first portable transistorised TV set.
Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens killed in air crash on February 3.
Hula Hoops craze began.
Ingemar Johansson of Sweden became his country's first world heavweight boxing champion.

Written by The Editor - 13/05/2001 16:26:08

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