President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
The CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel first met to discuss the UFO phenomenon.
George Dertinger, foreign minister of East Germany, was arrested for spying.
In the United States 71.1 percent of all television sets were tuned in to “I Love Lucy” to watch Lucy give birth.
Dwight D. Eisenhower succeeded Harry S. Truman as the 34th President of the U.S.
Walt Disney’s film “Peter Pan,” premiered.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower refused a clemency appeal for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
The Soviet Union broke diplomatic relations with Israel after a bomb explosion in the Soviet embassy.
Joseph Stalin suffered a stroke after an all-night dinner with Soviet Union interior minister Lavrenty Beria and future premiers Georgi Malenkov, Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev. The stroke paralyzed the right side of his body and rendered him unconscious until his death on March 5.
Nikita Khrushchev was selected First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
The first nuclear test of Operation Upshot-Knothole was conducted in Nevada.
The 25th Academy Awards ceremony was held. It was the first one broadcast on television.
Jonas Salk announced his polio vaccine.
Mickey Mantle hit a 565 foot home run at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. Mantle’s home run is believed to be the longest home run in baseball history.
A tornado hit in the downtown section of Waco, Texas, killing 114 people.
Nuclear testing: At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducted its first and only nuclear artillery test.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
The first Chevrolet Corvette was built at Flint, Michigan.
Howard Hawks’s musical film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, was released by 20th Century Fox.
The UNIVAC 1103 was the first commercial computer to use random access memory.
David Ben-Gurion resigned as prime minister of Israel.
The first color television sets went on sale for about $1,175.
Can you Guess the Year?
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