- The Korean War was on and Judge Robert Fortney was in Shamokin to review the Civil Defense Observation Post, which had been atop the American Legion Building since World War II. Fortney, who was civil defense coordinator for Northumberland County, said the Shamokin unit was doing a fine job of spotting overflying aircraft.

- The Shamokin Moose Club announced a show to be held soon that would star Mervin Shiner, a singing sensation of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

- The American Legion post in Shamokin was conducting a "Bucks for Bob" campaign to help Pfc. Robert L. Smith of Middleburg, Snyder County. Smith was the first American soldier to become a quadriplegic in the Korean War.

- In Washington, D.C., Pancho, the mascot parrot of the Pan Am building, died at age 69. Pancho could tell you to go to blazes in English or Spanish, but he was remembered for an encounter with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt started to talk and Pancho yelled, "Scram!" FDR was stunned, but managed to go on, and Pancho yelled, "Afuera!" which is Spanish for "Tell your story walking." There were accusations, but never proof, that Pancho was a Republican.

- In sports, Ohio State was searching for a new coach for its football team and had just about settled on a young coach from Miami University of Ohio. Alumni were not happy. They said the small school coach couldn't win in the Big Ten. His name was Woody Hayes.