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Important events of the year included:

  • The first Volkswagen Beetle arrives in the US but falls through a sewer grate and is lost.
  • Margaret Thatcher is hatched full grown from a vat in Dartford by Saruman's minions. Other Orcs/Oiks gain parliamentary seats but it would take her a couple more years.
  • Clothing rationing ends in the UK enabling the working class able to buy new rags.
  • NATO is created in order to irritate both US and Russian ultraconservatives.
  • George Orwell's novel 1984 is accidentally published 35 years ahead of schedule.
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is established. Cows can finally be counted definitively.
  • The People's Republic of China is founded with its leaders already plotting against each other.
  • West and East Germany are established, with friendly gunfire exchanged over sausages and who would get to invade Europe first.
  • The Volkswagen Kombi van is released for people who only drive with the wind.
  • Chiang Kai-shek bugs out to Taiwan and claims that China just changed its address.
  • In an act worthy of Captain Obvious, the Netherlands grants Indonesia sovereignty well after it had taken control of itself.