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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $4,550
  • Gas cost $.24.
  • Average US house was $12,220.
  • Average UK house was £2,330.
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  • South Vietnam attacked by the Viet Cong guerrillas.
  • European Economic Community established.
  • Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1
  • England suffer foot-and-mouth epidemic.
  • House for Un-American Activities convict numerous writers for communist membership.
  • Papa Doc Duvalier becomes leader of Haiti.
  • Independence: Malaya and Ghana from the UK.
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  • American Bandstand makes network debut on ABC.
  • Van Doren won over $100,000 dollars on the quiz show Twenty One until it was shown a hoax.
  • Leave It To Beaver starts on CBS.
  • The internal pacemaker invented.
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  • We watched them build The Bridge over the River Kwai.
  • Twelve Angry Men fought it out in a courtroom.
  • Everyone was deliciously scandalized by the goings on in Peyton Place
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