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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $3,850
  • Gas cost $.20.
  • Average US house was $9,050.
  • Average UK house was £2,028.
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  • Britain conducts its first atomic bomb test
  • US ends its occupation of Japan
  • US tests its first hydrogen bomb
  • Albert Einstein offers but refuses the Presidency of Israel
  • Elizabeth II becomes Queen of England on the death of her father
  • In Kenya the Mau Mau Rebellion begins
  • Nelson Mandela is arrested in South Africa
  • India holds its first general elections
  • Egypt changes leadership as Nasser leads a coup.
  • Puerto Rico is granted Commonwealth status by the U.S.
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  • MAD Magazine is first published.
  • The Today Show starts on NBC.
  • The Jackie Gleason Show starts its 20-year run on CBS.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) opens.
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  • We were Singin' In The Rain with Gene Kelly.
  • Gary Cooper walked alone at High Noon.
  • We had a front row seats to see The Greatest Show On Earth.
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