Thursday, October 1, 2009

The coolest people in the world, by year, since 1903 (3 of 5)

1945: George Orwell – Animal Farm is first published
1946: James Stewart – Stars in It’s a Wonderful Life
1947: Harry Truman and George Marshall – Begin the policy of containment
1948: Jackson Pollock – Paints No. 5, 1948, currently the most expensive painting in the world
1949: The Poe Toaster – Begins his annual salute to Edgar Allen Poe
1950: C.S. Lewis – Writes and publishes The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
1951: Marlon Brando – Stars in A Streetcar Named Desire
1952: John Wayne – Stars in the Quiet Man, a film he later describes as the favorite of his career
1953: Ian Fleming – Publishes Casino Royale, the first novel featuring James Bond
1954: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio – The pair elope
1955: Chuck Berry – Records and releases “Maybellene,” one of the first rock and roll songs
1956: Elvis Presley – Appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time
1957: Jack Kerouac – Publishes On the Road
1958: Charles de Gaulle – Is elected the President of France with an overwhelming majority
1959: Buddy Holly – Dies in an airplane crash
1960: The Rat Pack – Appear in Ocean’s Eleven
1961: John F. Kennedy – Is inaugurated as President
1962: Peter O’Toole – Stars in Lawrence of Arabia
1963: Martin Luther King – Writes his Letter from Birmingham Jail and gives his “I Have a Dream” speech
1964: Malcolm X – Leaves the Nation of Islam with the intent to form a black nationalist party
1965: Bob Dylan – Goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival and releases Highway ’61 Revisited

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