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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $3,510
  • Gas cost $.19.
  • Average US house was $9,000.
  • Average UK house was £2,115.
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  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of giving US atomic secrets to the Soviets
  • General MacArthur was replaced by Truman as Commander in the Korean War.
  • The United Nations opened its headquarters in New York
  • King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated in Jerusalem
  • Iran nationalized its oil fields
  • China takes control of Tibet forcing the Dalai Lama to flee to India.
  • Independence: Libya from Italy.
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  • Coast-to-coast direct dial telephones in service.
  • Dennis The Menace is first published.
  • Color television is introduced.
  • Cleveland disk jockey Alan Freed coins the phrase Rock 'n Roll.
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  • Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn go aboard The African Queen.
  • Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh wait for A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Farley Granger learns not to talk to Strangers on a Train when he runs into Robert Walker.
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