World Series Champions: Milwaukee Braves
NFL Champions: Detroit Lions
NBA Champions: Boston Celtics
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf: Dick Mayer
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies): Malcolm Anderson/Althea Gibson
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Lew Hoad/Althea Gibson
NCAA Football Champions: Auburn & Ohio State
NCAA Basketball Champions: North Carolina
Kentucky Derby: Iron Liege
Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner.
Other FactsEverybody was flying those discs invented by Frederick Morrison, called 'Pluto Platters,' later renamed the 'Frisbee'. Frisbee was actually a pie company in Connecticut. The locals used to toss the empty pie plates. Wham-O bought the rights to the product from Frederick.
James Vicary announced that he invented subliminal advertising at a Fort Lee, New Jersey movie theater. He flashed the words: "Hungry? Eat Popcorn" and "Thirsty? Drink Coke" very fast between film frames. Food and beverage sales increased significantly.
Laika, a Russian dog, was the first living creature to be sent into space, in Sputnik 2. Sadly, she did not make it back alive.
Fortran, an early computer language, is created.
Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes accidentally invented bubble wrap while trying to create plastic wallpaper.
Charles Van Doren and Herb Stempel, the leading competitors on TV's quiz show, Twenty-One, admitted to being coached by producers of the show.
The cool kids were watching Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand'
Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Nikita Khrushchev
Miss America: Marian McKnight (Manning, SC)
Miss USA: Mary Leona Gage (Maryland)/ Charlotte Sheffield (Utah)
Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Dream Pets, Careers Game , Sea-Monkeys, Wham-O Flying Saucer (frisbee)
What Was On TV:Gunsmoke (CBS), The Danny Thomas Show (CBS), Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC), Have Gun Will Travel (CBS), I've Got A Secret (CBS), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (ABC), General Electric Theatre (CBS), The Restless Gun (NBC), December Bride (CBS), You Bet Your Life (NBC).
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