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The Baby Boom Years: 1954

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The definitive collection of 1950s American music, news, fashion, fads and kitsch that continues to influence the world.

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  • Howard Stern
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • John Travolta
  • Jerry Seinfeld


  • Bill Haley and His Comets cover of Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” becomes the first internationally popular rock ‘n’ roll recording.


  • Subtle elegance, relaxed waistlines, and de-emphasized busts are in.
  • A softer silhouette takes the place of the nipped waists, pointed busts and full skirts of years past.


  • NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers defeat Syracuse Nationals 4-3.
  • Hank Aaron joins the Milwaukee Braves.
  • World Cup: West Germany defeats Hungary 3-2.
  • Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile.
  • Diane Leather becomes the first woman to run a sub-five minute mile.


  • The Geneva Conference convenes.
  • Algerian War of Independence against France begins.
  • Lt. Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser is made premier of Egypt.
  • U.S. officials announce that a hydrogen bomb test (Castle Bravo) has been conducted on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.


  • The first volume of the trilogy received little notice when published in ‘54, but would surge in popularity a decade later.3 million paperback copies were sold between ‘65 and ‘68 alone!Name the author and the book that went on to find even greater success when it was made into 3 blockbuster movies in the next millennium.
  • Silly Rabbit, this cereal, invented in 1954, is for kids!
  • “The Tonight Show,” the second of NBC’s so called “sofa-and-desk” shows, premiered on September 27. For the next four decades, it led the late-night ratings, and was hosted by four different hosts. Can you name them all?


  • Frida Kahlo
  • Henri Matisse
  • Robert Kapa
  • Charles Ives

Billboard Top 10 Pop Hits

  1. Shake Rattle and Roll—Bill Haley and The Comets
  2. Young At Heart—Frank Sinatra
  3. Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream)—The Crew-Cuts
  4. Mambo Italiano—Rosemary Clooney
  5. Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
  6. Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight—Spaniels
  7. Stranger In Paradise—Tony Martin
  8. Three Coins In The Fountain—Al Alberts & Four Aces
  9. Oh! My Papa—Eddie Fisher
  10. Naughty Lady of Shady Lane—Ames Brothers