1951 unemployment dipped to 3.3% in the US and new roads were built to take the ever increasing numbers of cars including the New Jersey Turnpike.
Children were given more than any other time in previous history with guitar lessons and sets of Encyclopedias to improve their minds.
The average family income was $3,700 per year and people had money to spend so cars became more luxurious and had more powerful engines with options for two tone paint, during this time things like turn signals were still an extra and most drivers still used hand signals to tell other drivers which way they were turning.
Europe continued to export many cars to the US including Volkswagen's and Austin's.
Cost of Living 1951
- Yearly Inflation Rate USA 7.88%
- Average cost of new house $9,000.00
- Average wages per year $3,510.00
- Cost of a gallon of gas 19 cents
- Average cost of a new car $1,500.00
- Loaf of bread 16 cents
- Pound of Hamburger Meat 50 cents
- Bacon per pound 52 cents
- Eggs per dozen 24 cents
- Water heater jacket (asbestos) $4.59
- Baby diapers (cotton) from $2.79
- Children's tricycle from $14.00.
- First oral contraceptive (the Pill) invented by Luis E. Miramontes.
- Direct dial coast-to-coast telephone service begins in the United States.
- First Color Television Pictures broadcast from Empire State Building.
- 22nd Amendment is ratified which limits US presidential term of office to 8 yrs ( 2 terms).
- First nuclear bomb tests at Nevada test site.
- The Broker Commuter Train Crashes in Woodbridge, New Jersey.
- President Harry S Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as commander of United Nations Forces.
- The Great Flood of 1951 in Midwest United States.
- The term Rock N Roll is coined by Cleveland Disc Jockey Alan Freed.
- The Dennis the Menace comic strip appears in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.
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