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Fun Facts For 1957

  • A postage stamp was 3 cents
  • The average cost of a new car in 1957 was $2,100
  • Gas cost only 28 cents a gallon
  • Average price of a new home was $19,000
  • A family’s average annual income was $5,000
  • The Wham-O Company produced the first Frisbee
  • American Bandstand began it’s 30 year syndicated run
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated for his second term as President of the United States
  • IBM sold the first compiler for the FORTRAN scientific programming language
  • Major John Glenn flew an F8U supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds setting a new transcontinental speed record.
  • The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth.
  • The laser was invented by Gordon Gould.
  • First flight of the Boeing 707 airliner
  • It was 50 years ago today

    6 thoughts on “It was 50 years ago today

    • November 16, 2007 at 8:07 am

      Happy Birthday Cynthia!

    • November 16, 2007 at 8:44 am

      Happy Birthday, Cynthia. Had I been on the ball I’d have sent you a gift card to Painted Pony!

    • November 16, 2007 at 2:46 pm

      Happy Birthday.

    • November 16, 2007 at 2:51 pm

      I’ve just scrolled down and seen the rest of the post: So a gallon of gas was, relative to average house prices, almost three times more expensive than it is today…wow, makes $1.74 seem cheap. If it had kept pace it would be $4.51 (it would be like living in Alaska)

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