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Significant world events* The Ecumenical Movement
Americas
Vargas returns to power in Brazil

East Asia and the Pacific
Start of Korean War

1950 Toronto WCCE conference
Europe
Establishment of European Coal and Steel Authority

Africa
Gold Coast gains new constitution
 

East Asia and the Pacific
ANZUS Pact signed

1951
Europe
Invention of contraceptive pill

Africa
Mau Mau in Kenya

East Asia and the Pacific
US ends occupation of Japan

1952 Lucknow Asian Churches meeting
Willingen IMC conference
Lund FOC meeting
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Coronation of Elizabeth II in UK
DNA discovered
Death of Stalin

Americas
Cuban rebellion

South Asia and the Middle East
First confirmed conquest of Everest (UK)
Military coup in Iran

1953
Americas
"McCarthyism" in US

Africa
Start of nationalist revolt in Algeria
Farouk overthown in Egypt

East Asia and the Pacific
Independence for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

1954 Evanston WCC Assembly
Frankfurt WCCE conference
Europe
West Gernmany enters NATO
Warsaw Pact signed
Polio vaccine

East Asia and the Pacific
Bandung conference
Japanese "Five-year plan"

1955
Europe
USSR crushes Hungarian revolt

Africa
Sudan, Morocco & Tunisia gain independence
Anglo-French forces invade Suez Canal zone

South Asia and Middle East
Second Arab-Israeli War
Suez Crisis
Pakistan declared an Islamic state

East Asia and the Pacific
Japan joins the UN

1956
Europe
Treaty of Rome
Sputnik

Africa
Gold Coast (Ghana) gains independence

East Asia and the Pacific
Start of Vietnam War

1957 First Christian Aid Week
Europe
France declares Fifth Republic (de Gaulle)
Munich air disaster
Archbishop Makarios released

Americas
Eisenhower Doctrine proclaimed for Middle East

South Asia and Middle East
US forces intervene in Lebanon
Syria and Egypt found United Arab Republic
Monarch overthrown in Iraq

East Asia and the Pacific
Great Leap Forward in China

1958 Tokyo WCCE conference
Ghana IMC conference
Europe
European Free Trade Association set up by Britain

Americas
Cuban revolution

East Asia and the Pacific
China reoccupies Tibet
War starts between North and South Vietnam

1959
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