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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $5,010
  • Gas cost $.25.
  • Average US house was $12,400.
  • Average UK house was £2,410.
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  • Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba.
  • St. Lawrence Seaway completed, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic.
  • International treaty to preserve Antarctica is signed.
  • Nixon and Khrushchev engage in the Kitchen Debate.
  • First known victim of HIV dies in the Congo.
  • Ecuador declares martial law to put down rioting in the capitol.
  • Independence: Cyprus from the UK.
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  • First Grammys are awarded.
  • Bonanza premieres on NBC.
  • The first series to be completely in color.
  • Alaska and Hawaii become states.
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  • Some Like It Hot - everybody likes Marilyn.
  • Cary Grant learns North by Northwest is not a direction to go.
  • Charlton Heston is a mean chariot racer as Ben-Hur.
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