The Korean War began.
Charles Shultz wrote the first Peanuts cartoon strip.
The movie Starlift was filmed at Travis AFB. Starlift was a Warner Bros. movie in the style of the all-star patriotic musicals popular in World War II.
The plot involved an Air Force flyer's wish to meet a movie star, and the star and her colleagues' efforts to perform for injured men coming back from Korea to Travis AFB. The movie starred almost everyone on the Warners contract roster, including Gorden MacRae, James Cagney, Ruth Roman, Doris Day, Gary Cooper, Frank Lovejoy, Phil Harris, Randolph Scott, and Jayne Wyman.
Car seat belts were introduced.
The polio vaccine was created by Jonas Salk, ending the polio epidemics that had frightened parents in the warm summer months. Polio would sweep through towns in epidemics every few years. Most people recovered quickly, but some suffered temporary or permanent paralysis, or even death. Polio is caused by a virus. Because of widespread vaccination, polio was eliminated from the Western Hemisphere in 1994.
James Watson and Francis Crick suggested the double helix model of DNA structure.
Travis Elementary School opened in 1953 as part of the Crystal Union School District in Suisun City. The Board of Trustees were Albert W. Engell, Manuel Castro, J.I. Scully, R.M. Wilson, and E.P. Sorensen. Dan O. Root was the District Superintendent. Architects for the project were DeLappe and VanBourg, and the general contractor was the Acme Construction Company.
The Korean War and SAC's expansion of Travis AFB led to a major increase in the number of military and civilian personnel. By 1955, the base had 10,000 military and civilian employees. Many Travis employees moved to Fairfield or Suisun City, whose combined populations grew from 4,000 in 1950 to 12,000 in 1955.
High School students attended Armijo High School in Fairfield.
Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. This rare color photo shows opening day on July 17, 1955.
The first PC used by one person and controlled by a keyboard was invented. This first PC was called the IBM 610.
Dr. Seuss published The Cat in the Hat.
Center Elementary School was constructed within the Center Elementary School District. High school students went to Vacaville or Fairfield.
George A. Gammon was the principal/superintendent of the Center School District (1958-1962).
Lego bricks were introduced.
The first sets of Legos were basic, mostly rectangular bricks, with a few doors, windows, and signs.
The University Farm was declared by the Regents of the University of California to be the seventh campus of the University of California system. It was renamed UC Davis.
Highway 40 was reconstructed as an eight lane transcontinental freeway called Interstate 80.
The Nut Tree thrived as a roadside stop next to I-80. There was a restaurant with a family-friendly menu featuring fresh fruit. There were also many attractions that children loved, including a toy store, a gift shop with unique items, and a train to ride. There was also a candy store, where candy sticks were made by hand.
Families loved to stop at the Nut Tree for a meal.
TUSD was formed from portions of the Armijo Joint Union High School District, Crystal Union Elementary School District, Center Elementary School District, and Elmira Elementary School District. Travis USD was formed to provide secondary education opportunities for the children of local farmers and Travis Air Force Base personnel.
George A. Gammon became the first Superintendent of TUSD (1962 through June 30, 1980).
There was an attempt to unify TUSD with Vacaville Union High School District. The unification was approved by the State Board of Education, but defeated by local voters and never took place.
The Beatles became popular in the United States.
Travis AFB participated in Operation Deep Freeze, the National Science Foundation's Antarctica research project. Lt. Col. Don Julin went to the actual South Pole, and ran around it ten times. Later, he claimed he had been around the world 14 times, four by air and ten by foot.
Vanden High School was constructed.
There was another failed attempt at unifying TUSD with Armijo Joint Union High School District and portions of the Montezuma Elementary School District and Rio Vista Elementary School District.
The first Super Bowl game was held at the Los Angeles Coliseum. It did not sell out, partly because tickets cost $12 instead of the usual $6, the equivalent of $83 in today's money. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District was formed.
Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
Sesame Street first aired on television.
Scandia Elementary School opened. On the Board were Mike M. Shubin, C. Grace McDaniel, Velma J. Ewing, Vera M. Alm, and Frank J. Jullane. George A. Gammon was the District Superintendent. The contractor was Fostmeier Construction, and Koblik, Cordoba & Gervin were the architects.
Pocket calculators were introduced. They cost $400, weighed about a pound, and did addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
The Internet Protocol suite that was developed by Vinton Cerf and Robert E. Kahn for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ARAPANET in 1969 was used the basis for creating the modern Internet.
Territory was transferred to TUSD from VUSD, including the annexation of Country Village subdivision south of Jepson Road, east of Peabody, west of Putah South Canal, established Jepson Road as the boundary between VUSD and TUSD.
The first Star Wars movie was released.
William A. Schmick, Ed.D. became the Superintendent of TUSD (July 1, 1980 to 1985).
The Air Force was flying C-5 Galaxy cargo aircraft.
Mt. St. Helens, a composite volcano in southern Washington State, erupted.
Robert L. McLennan, Ed.D. became the Superintendent of TUSD (1985 to June 30, 1995).
Foxboro Elementary School opened.
Paul E. Rose became the Interim Superintendent of TUSD from July 8, 1995 to August 20, 1995. He then became Superintendent of TUSD (August 21, 1995 to September 21, 1997).
DVDs were invented.
Travis Elementary School finished a major remodeling, and there was a reopening dedication on December 11, 1995. On the Travis Unified School District Governing Board were Mary Ann Martinez, Sharon Hutchins, Shirley Robbins, James Pascznk, and Stephen Babb. Paul Rose was the District Superintendent. Tomasi, Lawry, Coker, and DeSilva were the architects, and Diede Construction was the general contractor.
Dolores Ann Ballesteros, Ph.D. became the Interim Superintendent of TUSD from September 22, 1997 to April 30, 1998.
Jackie Cottingim, Ph.D. became the TUSD Superintendent of TUSD (May 1, 1998 to February 3, 2005).