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World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

Vice President: Richard M. Nixon
Population: 165,931,202
Life expectancy: 69.6 years
Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.5
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US GDP (1998 dollars): $415.1 billion
Federal spending: $68.44 billion
Federal debt $274.4 billion
Consumer Price Index: $26.8
Unemployment: 5.5%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03


World Series
Brooklyn Dodgers d. NY Yankees
NBA Championship
Syracuse d. Ft. Wayne Pistons
Stanley Cup
Detroit d. Montreal
Women: Louise Brough d. B. Fleitz (7-5 8-6)
Men: Tony Trabert d. K. Nielsen (6-3 7-5 6-1)
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
San Francisco d. La Salle
NCAA Football Champions
Oklahoma (11-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: A Fable, William Faulkner
Music: The Saint of Bleecker Street, Gian Carlo Menotti
Drama: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
Academy Award, Best Picture: On the Waterfront, Sam Spiegel, producer (Columbia)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Iceland)
Miss America: Lee Meriwether (CA)
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  • Rebel without a Cause, Marty, East of Eden, Bad Day at Black Rock, Picnic



Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Vincent du Vigneaud (US), for work on pituitary hormones
Physics: Polykarp Kusch and Willis E. Lamb, Jr. (US), for atomic measurements
Physiology or Medicine: Hugo Theorell (Sweden), for work on oxidation enzymes
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