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By now, more than 45 million American households have television sets.
The John Birch Society, a radical anti-Communist organization, is created in the U.S.
Dr. Zhivago is published in the US. Banned in the USSR, Zhivago won author Boris Pasternak the Nobel Prize which he was forced to decline due to political forces at home.
The price of 1st class US postage is raised to 4¢ from 3¢ where it had been for 26 years. Hard to believe – only a penny in 26 years!
Charles de Gaulle becomes premier of France, a position he will hold until 1969.
The Jolly Green Giant appears on TV with less than stellar results! In his first incarnation he looks like a monster which scares kids. So they lightened him up and added “Ho, ho, ho” and the lilting “Good things from the garden” song.
Modern consumer credit is born. The American Express Company introduces a charge card meant to compete with the successful Diners Club card. The Bank of American introduces the BankAmericard, which will become the Visa card.
Crest toothpaste inaugurates the “Look, Ma! No cavities!” ad campaign.
Eighteen-year-old Frank Carney sees a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the “pizza fad” among teenagers and college students. With $600 borrowed from his mother, he opens the first Pizza Hut in Wichita, Kan.
On the Air! You’d find 3,156 AM radio, 537 FM radio and 492 TV Stations.
31.3% of all domestic passenger travel was by railroad; 27.7% by bus; and 38% by air.
There are 36,981 motor vehicle related deaths. While in the air, there were 8 accidents resulting in 125 fatalities.
There are 37,955 motor vehicle related deaths. While in the air, there were 6 accidents resulting in 88 fatalities.
Unemployment is 6.8%
U.S. GNP (Gross National Product) is $468.3 billion
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