This Day in History
Computerized Steel

On a day like today in the 1950’s...

In the generation after World War II, national production increased from $200 to over $700 billion a year, oil production soared by 200 percent, and electrical energy increased no less than eightyfold. New York became the financial center of the world; American farms fed tens of millions throughout the globe; her airplanes touched down at every airport; her banks financed business and industry on every continent. What is more, American universities and technological institutes attracted scientists from every civilized country. In 1969, that leadership was dramatized by the landing of the first men on the moon, and it has been confirmed over the years by the award to American scientists (many of them, to be sure, refugees from other lands) of thirty-nine Nobel Prizes in medicine, thirty-eight in physics, and twenty in chemistry.

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