The Justice Department filed a suit in an attempt to break up AT&T and its manufacturing arm, Western Electric.
A truck illegally carrying explosives blew up in the Holland Tunnel between New York and New Jersey, killing the driver, injuring 64 commuters and destroying 20 vehicles.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded. The treaty was ratified in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 82 to 13.
The U.N. Building in New York was dedicated.
The U.S. Air Force began Operation Haylift to get food to 2,000,000 cattle and sheep that were stranded by heavy blizzards in the west.
Jackie Gleason introduced his Honeymooners segment on Dumont TV's Cavalcade Of Stars. Gleason's low-budget variety & sketch show became so popular, CBS lured him away in 1952.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific opened on Broadway. Hit songs from the musical included Happy Talk, Some Enchanted Evening, Bali Ha'i and There Is Nothing Like A Dame.