- Average US yearly income was $4,600
- Gas cost $.25.
- Average US house was $12,750.
- Average UK house was £2,390.
- 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
- 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).
- 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.