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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $4,600
  • Gas cost $.25.
  • Average US house was $12,750.
  • Average UK house was £2,390.
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  • NASA is formed.
  • Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
  • Boeing 707's begin first commercial flights.
  • Iraq leadership changes as a military coup ousts and kills King Faisal.
  • Charles de Gaulle becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • Egypt and Syria merge to become the United Areb Republic
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  • The microchip was co-invented by Texas Instruments and Fairchild Semiconductors.
  • Hula Hoops are all the rage.
  • The US put its first satellite into space.
  • Billboard comes out with its Hot 100 chart (Ricky Nelson's Poor Little Fool is #1).
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  • Jimmie Stewart has Vertigo over Kim Novak.
  • Poitier and Curtis are The Defiant Ones.
  • The luscious Elizabeth Taylor is a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
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