The Known World
1945 Death of John Birch.
1945 Operation Paper Clip relocates Nazi scientists like Werner Von Braun to the United States.
1945 Flight 19, a squadron of Navy bombers, disappears in the Bermuda Triangle.
1945 Don Vito Corleone (1887-1955) survives an assassination attempt.
1946 Formation of U.N.C.L.E. as a U.N. secret service.
1947 Jack Kerouac goes on the road.
1947 First sighting of flying saucers
1947 An extraterrestrial craft crashes and is recovered at Roswell, N.M..
1947 First modern report of the Men in Black, mysterious figures who appear after a UFO sighting.
1947 House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigating Communist infiltration of Hollywood.
1948 Sgt. Joe Friday begins work for the LAPD; he retires in 1970.
1948 The USS Eldridge disappears from Philadelphia and reappears in Norfolk, Virginia, in an incident known as the Philadelphia Experiment.
1949 Holden Caulfield (b. 1933) goes back to New York after losing the fencing swords.
1950 The CIA begins a mind-control research program codenamed MK ULTRA.
1950 James Bond (b. 1920) assigned to the 00 section of British intelligence. His work there continues at least until 1964.
1950 Sen. Joe McCarthy (1908-1957) declares he has in his hand a list of known Communists.
1950 Korean War begins. Hawkeye, Pierce, Frank Burns, Hot Lips Hooligan, Radar, Klinger.
1951 Flying saucer lands on Mall, causes Earth to stand still. Klaatu, Gort.
1951 Tommy becomes deaf, dumb and blind.
1951 Johnny Cash shoots a man in Reno just to watch him die; ends up in Folsom State Prison.
1952 Sgt. Raymond Shaw captured, brainwashed during the Korean War.
1952 Bond encounters Dr. No in Jamaica.
1952 The Mau Mau rebellion
1952 The Air Force launches Project Blue Book to investigate UFO reports. The project is terminated in 1970.
1952 Dwight Eisenhower elected president.
1953 Sir Edmund Hillary conquers Mt Everest, reports seeing Yeti footprints.
1953 It came from outer space.
1953 J. R. “Bob” Dobbs founds the Church of the Sub-Genius.
1954 Giant ants attack, the first of a number of giant invertebrate incidents.
1954 Ichthyoid creature discovered in Black Lagoon.
1954 Hydrogen Bomb tested at Bikini Atoll.
1954 Gojira, a giant dinosaur revived and mutated by nuclear testing, attacks Tokyo, the first of a number of Atomic Age monsters to cause havoc around the world.
1954 Joe McCarthy asked if at long last he had no decency; end of his era.
1954 Marilyn Monroe marries Joe Dimaggio, and is divorced later in the year.
1954 Buckminster Fuller patents the geodesic dome.
1955 Area 51 established in Nevada.
1955 Rosa Parks refuses to move to the back of the bus.
1955 Actor James Dean (b. 1931) dies in an accident in his Porsche 550 Spyder.
1955 Marty McFly goes Back to the Future
1956 Napoleon Solo becomes an agent of UNCLE.
1956 Rodan, a mutant pterodactyl, terrorizes Japan.
1956 Bela Lugosi’s dead (b. 1882).
1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers begins in Santa Mira, California.
1957 Arrest of psychotic killer Ed Gein in Plainfield, Wisc.
1957 Hugh Hefner publishes first issue of Playboy.
1957 Jason Voorhees drowns at Camp Crystal Lake, New Jersey.
1958 Murders at the Bates Motel near Fairvale, Calif.
1958 Extraterrestrial Blob lands in Southwest. Attack of the 50-foot woman.
1958 Lt. Frank Columbo (born c. 1930) joins the LAPD.
1959 The Cuban Revolution, led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, unseats the Batista dictatorship.
1959 Plane crash kills Buddy Holly (b. 1936), Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
1960 U-2 spy plane shot down over Soviet Union.
1960 Nazi scientists in Brazil successfully (and repeatedly) clone Hitler.
1960 Mayor Richard Daley helps John F. Kennedy get elected.
1961 President JFK tells you to ask what you can do for your country.
1961 New wave of Cthulhu cult activity begins.
1961 James Bond encounters Ernst Blofeld of SPECTRE.
1961 Noam Chomsky becomes a professor at MIT.
1961 The Bay of Pigs operation fails to unseat Castro.
1961 Berlin Wall constructed.
1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
1962 Nelson Mandela (b. 1918) imprisoned by South Africa with help of CIA.
1962 Student Peter Parker, bitten by a radioactive spider, begins fighting crime.
1962 Gamma Bomb accident turns scientist Bruce Banner into The Hulk.
1962 Giant caterpillar attacks Tokyo, later transforms into Mothra.
1962 Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday Mr. President”; later found dead.
1963 Triffids have their day.
1963 Leroy “Encyclopedia” Brown (b. 1953) begins investigating crimes in Idaville, Florida.
1963 Gloria Steinem works undercover as a Playboy bunny.
1963 Inspector Clouseau recovers the Pink Panther diamond.
1963 The god Thor reappears on Earth after a long absence.
1963 Dr. Steven Strange begins a career as a mystic after an accident ends his medical career.
1963 Professor Charles Xavier sets up his School for Gifted Youngsters in Salem Center, New York.
1963 Michael Meyers kills his sister and is committed to a mental institution.
1963 Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunmen, part of a conspiracy or an innocent patsy. Lyndon Johnson becomes president.
1963 Double agent Kim Philby defects to Moscow.
G. Gordon Liddy