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- October 4 – The Soviet artificial satellite Sputnik I becomes the first Human-made object to orbit Earth. This event ushers in the Space Age. (TNG: "Loud As A Whisper"; ENT: "Carbon Creek")
- A Vulcan ship, which had been investigating the launch of Sputnik I, crash-lands on Earth near Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania, leading to unofficial First Contact between Humans and Vulcans. (ENT: "Carbon Creek")
- Donald Raymond is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. (TNG-R: "The Neutral Zone", okudagram)
- Chevrolet manufactures the Bel Air automobile. (VOY: "Lifesigns")
- The movie Funny Face is released, starring Audrey Hepburn as Jo Stockton and Fred Astaire as Dick Avery. (ST: "Calypso")