Since 1954, we've shared the Practical Christianity message of Unity with our Foothill’s communities of La Crescenta, Montrose, La Canada-Flintridge, Tujunga, Sunland, and of course, Glendale, California.
In 1954, the world was quite different.
- Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio
- The first mass vaccination of children against polio began,
- Bill Haley & His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock", starting the rock and roll craze
- Senator Joseph McCarthy began his anti-Communist hearings
- Brown v. Board of Education in the The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregated schools were unconstitutional.
- Elvis Presley's first single, "That's All Right", was released
- The first issue of Sports Illustrated magazine was published
- The last 'new' episode of The Lone Ranger radio program was broadcast, after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years
- The Miss America Pageant was broadcast on television for the first time.
- Texas Instruments announced the first commercial transistor radio for sale.
- The first Godzilla film premiered in Tokyo.
- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), at the Arlington National Cemetery.
- The first Hyatt Hotel, The Hyatt House Los Angeles, opened on the grounds of Los Angeles International Airport. It is the first hotel in the world built on an airport property.
- The Vietnam war was escalating
In Unity History,
1953 Unity Farm becomes Unity Village, and is incorporated on April 13.
1956 The first Unity television program begins. It is developed by Rosemary Fillmore Rhea, daughter of W. Rickert Fillmore.
You can see the entire Unity timeline here: https://www.unity.org/timeline
Since then, according to America's Best History our country has experienced many shifts:
- 1950-1959 - Two Cars in Every Garage
- 1960-1969 - Civil Rights and Turmoil
- 1970-1979 - The Nation in Flux
- 1980-1989 - The Reagan Revolution
- 1990-1999 - Prosperity as the World Turns
- 2000-2009 - The Fight against Terrorism
- 2010-Present - Economic Recovery
And today, as the Unity movement continues to grow and expand, Unity Church of the the Valley continues to be a resource for Unity teachings in La Crescenta!
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