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1952

Tales Of Tomorrow: The Machine

Tales Of TomorrowThe 61st episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Bitter Storm

Tales Of TomorrowThe 62nd episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Arnold Moss and Phillip Pine.

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1953

Tales Of Tomorrow: The Mask Of Medusa

Tales Of TomorrowThe 63rd episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode, which starred Raymond Burr.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Conqueror’s Isle

Tales Of TomorrowThe 64th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Discovered Heart

Tales Of TomorrowThe 65th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Tales Of TomorrowThe 66th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode, which was based on the Oscar Wilde story and starred John Newland.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Two-Faced

Tales Of TomorrowThe 67th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode, which starred Richard Kiley.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Build-Box

Tales Of TomorrowThe 68th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Another Chance

Tales Of TomorrowThe 69th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Leslie Nielsen.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Great Silence

Tales Of TomorrowThe 70th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC starring Burgess Meredith.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Lonesome Village

Tales Of TomorrowThe 71st episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Fury Of The Cocoon

Tales Of TomorrowThe 72nd episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Peter Capell and Nancy Coleman.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Squeeze Play

Tales Of TomorrowThe 73rd episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Read To Me, Herr Doktor

Tales Of TomorrowThe 74th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Mercedes McCambridge and Everett Sloane.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Ghost Writer

Tales Of TomorrowThe 75th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Leslie Nielsen.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Past Tense

Tales Of TomorrowThe 76th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring Boris Karloff.

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Hook echo: first tornado detected by radar

Weather BulletinUsing a World War II-era aviation radar system, Illinois State Water Survey electrical engineer Donald Staggs makes the first radar-based detection of a nearby tornado, part of a tornado outbreak striking in and near Champaign, Illinois. The “hook echo” is the distinctive radar signature of a rapidly evolving small-scale cyclone developing from the larger radar signature of its parent thunderstorm. Continued observations confirm that this is the “radar shape” of a forming tornado, an invaluable piece of information for forecasters on the forefront of severe weather prediction.

Tales Of Tomorrow: Homecoming

Tales Of TomorrowThe 77th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode, which was adapted from a Ray Bradbury story.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Rival

Tales Of TomorrowThe 78th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Please Omit Flowers

Tales Of TomorrowThe 79th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Evil Within

Tales Of TomorrowThe 80th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC, starring James Dean and Rod Steiger.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Vault

Tales Of TomorrowThe 81st episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode, based on a story by A.E. Van Vogt.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: The Ink

Tales Of TomorrowThe 82nd episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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The Spider’s Web

Tales Of TomorrowThe 83rd episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: Lazarus Walks

Tales Of TomorrowThe 84th episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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Tales Of Tomorrow: What Dreams May Come

Tales Of TomorrowThe 85th and final episode of the science fiction anthology series Tales Of Tomorrow airs on ABC. Much of the second season is missing, including this episode.

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The Quatermass Experiment: Contact Has Been Established

The Quatermass ExperimentThe BBC airs the first episode of Nigel Kneale’s trend-setting science fiction series The Quatermass Experiment, starring Reginald Tate as Prof. Bernard Quatermass. Broadcast as a live play with minimal footage from other sources played back during air, this is also one of the earliest BBC drama productions archived on film, and one of the final drama productions to use the BBC’s vintage 1930s Alexandra Palace facilities.

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The Quatermess Experiment: Persons Reported Missing

The Quatermass ExperimentThe BBC airs the second episode of Nigel Kneale’s trend-setting science fiction series The Quatermass Experiment, starring Reginald Tate as Prof. Bernard Quatermass. Broadcast as a live play with minimal footage from other sources played back during air, this is one of the earliest BBC drama productions archived on film, though BBC technicians opt not to preserve any further episodes of this series.

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Quatermass: Very Special Knowledge

The Quatermass ExperimentThe BBC airs the third episode of Nigel Kneale’s trend-setting science fiction series The Quatermass Experiment, starring Reginald Tate as Prof. Bernard Quatermass. This episode was not archived and does not exist in the BBC’s archives.

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Quatermass: Believed To Be Suffering

The Quatermass ExperimentThe BBC airs the fourth episode of Nigel Kneale’s trend-setting science fiction series The Quatermass Experiment, starring Reginald Tate as Prof. Bernard Quatermass. This episode was not archived and does not exist in the BBC’s archives.

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RDS-6s

RDS-6sThe Soviet Union detonates its first hydrogen bomb, code named RDS-6s, in its first thermonuclear weapons demonstration. The bomb is estimated to have a yield of 400 kilotons, thanks to a layered design devised by nuclear physicist (and later political exile) Andrei Sakharov, though Sakharov’s design is incapable of being scaled up, ending its use in later Soviet nuclear weapon designs.

Quatermass: An Unidentified Species

The Quatermass ExperimentThe BBC airs the fifth episode of Nigel Kneale’s trend-setting science fiction series The Quatermass Experiment, starring Reginald Tate as Prof. Bernard Quatermass. This episode was not archived and does not exist in the BBC’s archives.

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Quatermass: State Of Emergency

The Quatermass ExperimentThe BBC airs the sixth episode of Nigel Kneale’s trend-setting science fiction series The Quatermass Experiment, bringing the six-part story to a close. The success of the series prompts the BBC to request a sequel series from Kneale. This episode was not archived and does not exist in the BBC’s archives.

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The War Of The Worlds

The War Of The WorldsParamount Pictures releases the George Pal-produced movie adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds in American theaters, starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, and Les Tremayne. Featuring groundbreaking special effects photography and painted space scenes by Chesley Bonestell, the movie is an instant hit, and will later inspire a television revival based on elements of this film.

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1954

Castle Bravo

Castle BravoThe United States’ thermonuclear testing program Operation Castle commences with the first detonation, code named Castle Bravo, on a reef near Bikini Atoll. The most powerful hydrogen bomb detonation carried out by the American military during the 20th century, Castle Bravo has a yield of 15 megatons, three times greater than predicted, with a blast radius of over four miles. Radioactive fallout spreads over 7,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean, including neighboring islands and a Japanese fishing boat, with both populations showing symptoms of radiation sickness shortly afterward, forcing evacuations and later reparations.

The Severe Local Storms Warning Service

Weather BulletinFormerly the Weather Bureau-Army-Navy Severe Weather Unit, the recently-renamed Severe Local Storms Warning Service (SELS) relocates from Washington D.C. to Kansas City, Missouri. The new location puts the SELS closer to the American midwest, a hotbed of severe weather during the spring months, as well as placing it in close proximity to a major telecommunications hub (at this point, the SELS is reliant almost entirely on teletype transmissions). Additionally, precise definitions of what constitutes a severe thunderstorm (winds in excess of 50mph, wind gusts in excess of 75mph, and hail in excess of an inch in diameter) are established, as well as a concerted effort to target its weather bulletins to more precise geographic regions.

Gojira

Gojira!The first Godzilla movie, Gojira, debuts in Japan. Directed by Ishiro Honda and starring Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi and Akihiko Hirata, the film is intended to be an allegory to the ravages of the atomic bomb rather than the beginning of a franchise (though the door is clearly left open to a sequel by dialogue at the close of the movie). The franchise proper will not begin until the first sequel five years later. In the meantime, an American dub of the movie attracts worldwide attention to Gojira, eventually rechristening the character Godzilla for much of the world.

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1955

Science Fiction Theatre: Beyond

Science Fiction TheatreThe first episode of the syndicated science fiction Science Fiction Theatre premieres on stations across the U.S. Unusually for its day, the series is filmed in color (Ziv’s way of future-proofing the show with the widespread adoption of color TV roughly a decade away). The episode stars William Lundigan, the future star of another Ziv-produced science fiction series, Men Into Space.

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Science Fiction Theatre: Time Is Just A Place

Science Fiction TheatreThe second episode of the syndicated science fiction Science Fiction Theatre premieres on stations across the U.S. Hosted by Truman Bradley, the episode stars Don DeFore and Warren Stevens.

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Science Fiction Theatre: Out Of Nowhere

Science Fiction TheatreThe third episode of the syndicated science fiction Science Fiction Theatre airs on stations across the U.S. Hosted by Truman Bradley, the episode stars Richard Arlen and Jess Barker.

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