Lots of things happened in the 1950s, but the only really important event was the debut of the Smurfs. Cartoonist Pierre Culliford introduced his Schtroumpf comic strip to the world in October 1958. Their television debut came in 1981.
This month, the little blue people are 50.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."