1950-1959

This page contains a timeline of major events related to the Lost Generation between 1950 and 1959, with U.S. and world events to provide context.

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  • 1950

    January 21 – George Orwell dies in London, England

    June 25 – North Korea invades South Korea, starting the Korean War

    June 27 – United Nations declares war on North Korea

    September 6 – Olaf Stapledon dies in Cheshire, England

    October 19 – Edna St. Vincent Millay dies in Austerlitz, New York

  • 1951

    January 10 – Sinclair Lewis dies near Rome, Italy

    September 27 – Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner’s fifteenth novel, is published

  • 1952

    May 26 – Eugene Jolas dies in Paris, France

    November 1 – U.S. detonates the first thermonuclear device

  • 1953

    January 20 – Dwight Eisenhower sworn in as the 34th U.S. President

  • 1954

    May 17 – Supreme Court declares segregated schools violate the 14th Amendment

    August 2 – A Fable, William Faulkner’s sixteenth novel, is published

  • 1956

    January 29 – H.L. Mencken dies in Baltimore, Maryland

    March 18 – Louis Bromfield dies in Columbus, Ohio

  • 1957

    January 21 – Dwight Eisenhower sworn in for a second term

    May 1 – The Town, William Faulkner’s seventeenth novel, is published

  • 1959

    January 3 – Alaska becomes the 49th state

    August 21 – Hawaii becomes the 50th state

    November 13 – The Mansion, William Faulkner’s eighteenth novel, is published

  • See also: 1870s-80s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s

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