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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $4,130
  • Gas cost $.23.
  • Average US house was $10,950.
  • Average UK house was £2,064.
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  • US forces sent to help stabilize the Shah in Iran
  • Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union and its seven Eastern Block allies
  • West Germany formally enters NATO
  • Argentina sees the military grab control forcing out Juan Peron.
  • Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, setting off the Civil Rights movement.
  • Great Britain hit by major strikes by the railway workers and then the newspaper maintenance workers.
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  • Disneyland opens.
  • The McDonald's chain is started by Ray Kroc.
  • Guinness Book of World Records first published.
  • Gunsmoke starts on tv to become the longest running drama.
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  • James Dean is a Rebel Without a Cause.
  • Ernest Borgnine is making us cry as Marty.
  • Spencer Tracy is having a really Bad Day at Black Rock.
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