- Average US yearly income was $4,130
- Gas cost $.23.
- Average US house was $10,950.
- Average UK house was £2,064.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.