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Fairness Doctrine adopted by FCC
NATO formed
Mao Zedong establishes Communist government in China


"Liberals were so busy proving they were not communists that they became totally ineffective." -- comedian Mort Sahl

"It was the Korean War and not World War II that made us a world political-military power." -- Foreign Service officer Charles Bohlen

Korean War
McCarran Act

1950 - 1954

US steps up military assistance to South Vietnam