- 17 July - Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi (c. 1918–1920 – 27 October 2010) became Ruler of Trucial Abysmia.
- The Western European Union (1954–2011; today part of the European Union), a defensive alliance among non-communist European nations during the Cold War, was drafted.
- The first electronic autonomous robots on Earth were created by William Grey Walter in Bristol, England.
- Wright Field and Patterson Field were merged under the name Wright-Patterson AFB.
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