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This is a timeline of events that occurred during the 1950s.

 1950

September

16th

1951

February

27th

July

September

18th

1952

1953

  • EC Comics artist Joe Orlando poses for a photo.[1][5]
  • While performing covert duties in Seoul, Korea, Eddie Blake contracts syphilis for a second time. Dr. David Baines tends to Blake's condition.[6]

January

20th

June

6th

  • Vittorio Rotelli dies.[7]

May

27th

1954

February

  • While performing covert duties in Pen Jomn, Eddie Blake sustains a fragmentation wound when mortar fragments shred his left deltoid. Hank Stevens tends to Blake's injuries.[6]

17th

June

14th

  • Byron Lewis testifies before the HUAC. His left wing associations cause him to endure lengthy, and ruthless investigations compared to those of the other Minutemen members.[12]

September

9th

11th

  • Newsworld quotes the Comedian as describing Byron Lewis as "a flake" and "a nerdy little kid trying to hang out with big brother and his friends." Blake adds, however, that he doubts Lewis is "a goddamned Red".[6]

1955

February

May

June

1st

2nd

10th

July

  • A badly decomposed corpse with a bullet in the back of the head washes up off the coast of Boston, tentatively the body is identified as Rolf Müller.[12]
  • Eddie Blake's government connections prevent any serious investigation into Rolf Müller's death.[16]

30th

  • Public hearings are held in the NAACP's offices in Tulsa regarding the National Bank's mortgage divisions.[11]

September

1st

1956

1958

January

3rd

  • The New Haven Register announces funeral details for Frank Madison.[6]

5th

  • A funeral is held for Frank Madison at Our Lady of Mercy, in Stamford, Connecticut.[6]

Late March

  • Ozymandias makes his crimefighting debut by busting an opium and heroin smuggling racket.[12]

May

6th

  • Michael Florence informs Jon Osterman that the Department of Physics at Princeton University has accepted his doctoral dissertation.[6]

June

7th

  • Princeton University holds a graduation ceremony, during which Jon Osterman is awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in Atomic Physics.[19][6]

1959

  • In order to boost comic book-inspired agents, the government comes on the side of comic books.[5]
  • Having anticipated the massive boom in pirate-related material, EC come out stronger. Their line of Pirate titles dominate the marketplace.[5]

February

2nd

May

12th

14th

July

  • Jon Osterman and Janey Slater travel to New Jersey – Jon to visit university friends and Janey to visit her mother. At Palisades Amusement Park, a photographer takes their picture. A fat man breaks Janey's watch and Jon promises to fix it. At his hotel, they make love for the first time.[19]
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August

  • Scientists at the Gila Flats Test Base conduct fourteen experiments to remove the intrinsic fields from concrete blocks. All fourteen tests end with the concrete's disintegration.[6]

20th

  • Jon Osterman fixes Janey Slater's watch and brings it with him to work.[19]
  • Jon Osterman accidentally leaves his lab coat, with Janey Slater's watch in one pocket, inside the intrinsic field chamber. While having lunch with her, he realizes he has forgotten the watch and returns to retrieve it.[19]
  • While Jon Osterman is still in the chamber, the door automatically locks as the generators warm up for an experiment to remove intrinsic fields from a fifteenth concrete block. Jon yells to be let out, but Milton Glass tells him there is no way to override the time-lock, and Janey Slater runs away in tears, unable to watch her lover die. As the particle cannons fire, Osterman's body is painfully reduced to its component atoms, and he screams in terror.[19]

September

23rd

October

November

  • Jon Osterman's nervous system appears for a moment in the men's bathroom at Gila Flats while two employees are washing their hands and discuss Fidel Castro and Elvis Presley.[19]

10th

  • Cooks at the Gila Flats facility are shocked when a image of Jon Osterman's circulatory system suddenly appears in the kitchen.[19]

14th

22nd

  • In a whistling sound, sparkling cutlery and an ultraviolet light Jon Osterman rematerializes in the Gila Flats cafeteria, having transformed into the being that will later be known as Doctor Manhattan. Those present get sunburns.[19]

25th

  • Jon Osterman and Janey Slater spend Christmas together. She gives him a golden ring and expresses her fears about what is becoming. He tells her that he will always want her, knowing that it is not true.[19]

References

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