- Average US yearly income was $4,000
- Gas cost $.20.
- Average US house was $9,550.
- Average UK house was £2,006.
- Joseph Stalin dies
- Korean War ends
- Cambodia and Laos both gain independence from France
- Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
- The Shah of Iran is restored to power with considerable help from the U.S.
- Salk releases a vaccine for polio.
- Protest marches in East Germany are crushed by Soviet forces.
- Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya is sentenced to seven years of hard labor.
- Playboy Magazine is first published.
- So is TV Guide.
- CinemaScope is causing theaters to widen screens.
- The Corvette goes on sale.
- Burt Lancaster is serving From Here To Eternity.
- Adorable Audrey Hepburn is taking a Roman Holiday.
- We wait for Shane to come back.