Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, January 1, 2013

Prior to Tuesday afternoon's Gator Bowl win over Mississippi State, Northwestern hadn't won a bowl game since beating Cal in the 1949 Rose Bowl. Sixty-four years and nine bowl defeats later, the run of futility is no more. Jump inside for a look at what was going on in the world in 1949, the last time Northwestern had won a bowl game.

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Average wage per year: $2,950
Average cost of new house: $7,450
Gallon of gas: 17 cents
Minimum hourly wage: 70 cents/hour
Average cost of new car: $1,420

Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb
RCA perfects a system for broadcasting color television
First Polaroid Camera sold for $89.95
The Emmy Awards aired its first awards show
First Volkswagen Beetle is sold in US

The first automatic street lights are installed in New Milford, Connecticut.

Harry Truman is President

Jeff Bridges
John Belushi
Bruce Springsteen
Meryl Streep
Sigourney Weaver

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