The obvious technological advances are common to us all. My family didn't have a television until I was six, and that was a small black and white screen with all of three channels (with Howdy Doody being the most important).
Telephones were either a rotary dial in the bedroom or a wall phone in the kitchen. There were both morning and afternoon newspapers and my parents got both.
During my early childhood the I remember we received milk deliveries a few times a week. Families were lucky to have one car; the first one I remember was a greyish 1949 Ford.
The #1 song on the radio in May of that year was Cruising Down The River by The Blue Barron Orchestra
The Top Movie Stars included:
*Abbot & Costello
How about costs for things we bought?
A new house was $7,500
The average yearly salary was just under $3,000
The average minimum wage was 70 cents an hour
Milk was 84 cents a gallon though most folks bought the half gallon size
Bread (white only for most of us) was 14 cents a loaf
Gas cost 26 cents a gallon and the new car to put it in was $1,420.
And, in world events:
The Berlin Airlift ended in May, 1949.
Russia set off its first atomic bomb
Communist China was established
6,000 were killed in an earthquake in Ecuador
RCA built the first color television
The first VW Beetle sold in U.S. (my first car 18 years later)
What I found both interesting and important to remember were the rather momentous events happening on the world stage. We tend to think of today as a period of tremendous upheaval and uncertainty. But, 1949 saw a major disaster, the atomic bomb "club" expanding to include Russia, and the establishment of a communist government in the most populous country on earth.
Maybe we can feel a little better about the state of affairs today when we look back and realize there have always been events and actions that can shake our world.
You might find it fun (and educational) to do some quick and easy Internet research on the year you joined the human race.