- It was raining in the area, which didn't dampen the spirits of some 2,000 people who were on hand to watch the Most Rev. George Leech, bishop of the Harrisburg Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, turn the first spade of earth at the site of the new Lourdes High School in Coal Township.

- The Shamokin Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars joined with other chapters throughout the state in suggesting that the 14 state teachers colleges (now state universities) be taken under the wing of Pennsylvania State University, while three new teachers colleges were built in the state. That proposal drew support from Penn State, but less than an enthusiastic response from the involved colleges.

- Shamokin Police Chief George Haddock announced the FBI would hold a seminar in Shamokin for area police forces with concentration on two growing areas of concern to cities the size of Shamokin: juvenile delinquency and auto theft.

- In a crime spree that riveted the nation, a 19-year-old Nebraska farm boy and his 15-year-old girlfriend went on a killing rampage. The boy was called Mad Dog Starkweather and his girlfriend's name was Carol Fugate. Before it was over, they would kill a dozen people, including some of their relatives. Starkweather was sent to the electric chair for the crimes.

- In the Middle East, Egypt's president Gamal Abdul Nasser said that Syria was set to merge with his nation, and that he would continue as president of the newly formed state. The jointure never came into being.