Dr. Albert B. Sabin develops the live oral polio vaccine while on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and staff of Children's Hospital Medical Center. This vaccine makes possible the worldwide eradication of polio, saving millions from the virus' crippling effects.
The College-Conservatory of Music becomes the 14th college of the University of Cincinnati. The school is headed by Dean Jack Watson, an alumnus of the Conservatory of Music.
The new $5 million Corbett Center for the Performing Arts opens, heralded by a week of world-premiere performances. John Cage is named CCM composer-in-residence. The broadcasting department moves into the Powell Crosley Wing of the new Mary Emery Hall.
CCM becomes the first official school for the Cincinnati Ballet Company.
CCM confers the United States' first BFA degree in musical theatre. The program serves as the model for the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of School of Theatre in creating their guidelines for the accreditation of musical theatre programs nationwide. CCM Musical Theater prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018-19.
Dorothy DeLay, internationally acclaimed teacher of the viloin, joins the CCM faculty.
Jazz and studio music are offered as major subjects for the first time. The new department is chaired by Frank Brown, a Cincinnati jazzman.