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What Was Happening

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  • Average US yearly income was $5,315
  • Gas cost $.27.
  • Average US house was $12,500.
  • Average UK house was £2,770.
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  • Castro declares Cuba is a communist country and bans free elections.
  • CIA joins with Cuban exiles to attempt taking back Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
  • Kennedy advises Americans to build bomb shelters.
  • Peace Corps established.
  • Amnesty International started in UK.
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  • UK stops using the farthing coin.
  • In the US, pampers goes on sale as the first disposable diaper.
  • In Russia, Yuri Gagarin is the first human in space.
  • The first electric toothbrush is sold.
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  • Paul Newman plays a mean game of pool as The Hustler.
  • Natalie Wood may have lip-synced in singing in West Side Story but she was gorgeous doing it.
  • The islands were the real star of Elvis' Blue Hawaii.
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