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    Tables – World Events 1950s

    1950Start of the Korean war
    1951Treaty of San Francisco officially ends WW2 with Japan
    1952Queen Elizabeth II ascends to the throne
    1953End of the Korean war
    1954U.S. Supreme Court rules in Brown vs. Board of Education, leading to desegregation of schools
    1955Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat, igniting the Montgomery Bus Boycott
    1956Suez Canal crisis in Egypt
    1957Launch of Sputnik by the USSR, beginning of the Space Age
    1958Foundation of the European Economic Community (later the European Union)
    1959Cuban Revolution with Fidel Castro taking power