- The Shamokin Area Industrial Corporation totaled contributions to the Jobs for Men Program and found that the drive had gone over the $300,000 goal by about $18,000.

- The D.A. Kessler Company of Mount Carmel was the low bidder on the proposed divided highway between Mount Carmel and Centralia.

- In Washington, D.C., Congress, or at least the Republicans therein, was horrified at President Harry Truman's call for a $21 billion defense budget.

- In Congress, there were seven women among the 531 members.

- Gourmet cooks were raving about what they called a new kind of salt, monosodium glutamate, developed in Japan some 20 years before. It became known as "Accent."

- The Mount Carmel mine fire was a year old, and the state said that there was no money to fight it.

- The Ferko String Band, one of the Mummers Bands of Philadelphia, was astounded to find its recording of "Four Leaf Clover" on the charts after selling 300,000 copies.

- In Hollywood, it was becoming obvious that the end was near for the marriage of singer Judy Garland and director Vincent Minelli, whose daughter Liza would go on to be an international star.

- Comedian Jack Benny said he was going very easy on movie scripts because his last picture, "The Horn Blows at Midnight," had been one of the biggest bombs in the history of Hollywood.