- Average US yearly income was $4,550
- Gas cost $.24.
- Average US house was $12,220.
- Average UK house was £2,330.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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