- There was light snow in Shamokin, but there was 8 inches on the ground in North Carolina, of all places.

- Shamokin's firefighters announced that they had enjoyed New Year's Eve anyway. At 10:30 that night, all units were called to Joel's Wallpaper Outlet on Independence Street. The blaze, fire officials said, had all the components of a disaster, but the firefighters beat it back, controlling it just a few minutes before the midnight hour. They stayed at the scene and rang engine bells to welcome in the New Year with another job well-done.

- The President of the United Mine Workers Union, Thomas Kennedy, said there was a really bright future for coal because of new methods of electrification, which would use coal instead of oil for hydro power to create electricity. Kennedy turned out to be much more optimistic than right.

- In Elysburg, the Rev. Carl Rutherford presided over the burning of a $45,000 mortgage, which had financed the building of a new recreational and educational annex at the Methodist church.

- In Harrisburg, Gov. David Lawrence proposed a balanced budget of minute proportions by today's standards - $1 billion with no tax increases called for.

- Major Perry Tate, a Shamokin native, received the Army Commendation Medal at the engineering base at Fort Belvoir, Va.

- Dorothy Kilgallen, one of the top columnists of that day, said the woman of the year had to be the First Lady Jackie Kennedy, whom she called "A distillation of elegance, intelligence and modesty."

- Comedian George Jessel, not a spring chicken, was being sued for paternity and said it was a great compliment to him.

- Nikita Kruschev, the blustery leader of the Soviet Union, said he was ready to negotiate all the world's problems with the western powers. Western Samoa became the world's newest nation on this day. New Zealand had ruled it for 46 years. The new nation had only one town, no army, no railroad and no political parties.