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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $2,950
  • Gas cost $.17.
  • Average US house was $7,450
  • Average UK house was £1,911.
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  • Soviet Union tests its first nuclear bomb.
  • Federal Republic of Germany founded
  • China sees the establishment of the People's Republic under Mao Tse Tung.
  • Taiwan becomes the Republic of China under Chang Kai Shek
  • Geneva Convention is formulated to lay out the proper treatment of prisoners of war.
  • Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation.
  • Independence: Indonesia from Holland.
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  • George Orwell's 1984 is published.
  • First Polaroid camera sold.
  • The Emmy Awards are handed out for the first time.
  • Cable television is started to bring better reception to rural areas.
  • 45 rpm records are first sold.
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  • We find out what a zither is from The Third Man.
  • The Duke watched as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.
  • He also fought on the Sands of Iwo Jima.
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