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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $2,950
  • Gas cost $.16.
  • Average US house was $7,700
  • Average UK house was £1,751.
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  • UK nationalizes the railways.
  • Mahatma Gandhi is murdered by a Hindu extremist.
  • Israel is made an independent state.
  • US enacts the Marshall Plan for the revitalization of Europe.
  • UN creates the World Health Organization
  • Berlin airlift started.
  • Independence: Sri Lanka and Burma from the UK. Israel carved from Palestine.
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  • The transistor radio was invented at Bell Labs.
  • Velcro was created in Switzerland.
  • 33 1/3 LPs (long playing) introduced.
  • Kinsey released his report on sexuality.
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  • We searched for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Humphrey Bogart.
  • Lawrence Olivier was talking to a ghost in Hamlet.
  • Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson are not the best of friends in Key Largo.
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