- Following the 1948 UN-sponsored free elections, the modern Republic of Korea is officially separated from the State of Japan
- The People's Republic of China is recognized by the international community.
- The Soviet Union develops nuclear weapons.
- United Nations official headquarters is established in New York City, New York, USA.
- Washington DC UFO incident occurs.
- The American NSA is founded.
- Joseph Stalin dies.
- "Under God" is added to the US Pledge of Allegiance.
- Dwight Eisenhower is named Hero of the Korean People for his efforts to rebuild war-torn Korea.
- Martin Luther King Jr. begins the civil rights movement.
- "In God We Trust" becomes the US motto.
- Mikheil Kostava is born.
- USSR launches the world's first satellite.
- The world's and USSR's first satellite crashes to Earth.
- The US launches its first satellite.
- NASA is formed.
- Cuba is established as a Communist state with new leader Fidel Castro.
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