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Nixon and JFK debate
Presidential candidates Richard Nixon (left), later the 37th President of the United States, and John F Kennedy, the 35th President, during a televised debate. MPI / Getty Images
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Released
  • Brazil's Capital Moves to Brand New City
  • First Televised Presidential Debates
  • Lasers Invented
  • Lunch Counter Sit-In at Woolworth's in Greenboro, NC
  • Most Powerful Earthquake Ever Recorded Hits Chile
  • Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa
  • The Birth Control Pill Is Approved by the FDA
  • Walsh and Piccard Become the First to Explore the Deepest Place on Earth

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Building the Berlin Wall
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Marilyn Monroe
George Rinhart / Corbis via Getty Images)
  • Andy Warhol Exhibits His Campbell's Soup Can
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Famous Escape From Alcatraz
  • First James Bond Movie
  • First Person Killed Trying to Cross the Berlin Wall
  • First Wal-Mart Opens
  • James Meredith Admitted Into the Segregated University of Mississippi
  • Johnny Carson Takes Over the Tonight Show
  • Marilyn Monroe Found Dead
  • Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday" to JFK
  • Rachel Carson Publishes Silent Spring

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MLK I Have A Dream speech
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  • 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
  • Betty Friedan Publishes The Feminine Mystique
  • Buddhist Monk Sets Himself on Fire in Protest
  • First Dr. Who Episode Airs
  • First Woman in Space
  • Great Train Robbery in England
  • "Hot Line" Established Between U.S. and U.S.S.R.
  • JFK Assassinated
  • March on Washington
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His "I Have a Dream" Speech
  • Medgar Evers Is Murdered

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The Beatles U.S.A Invasion
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Malcolm X
Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
  • British Sea Gem Oil Rig Collapses
  • Los Angeles Riots
  • Malcolm X Assassinated
  • Miniskirt First Appears
  • Nicolae Ceausescu Comes to Power in Romania
  • New York City Great Blackout
  • The Rolling Stones’ Mega Hit Song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
  • U.S. Sends Troops to Vietnam

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Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong. Apic / Getty Images
  • Nazi Albert Speer Released From Spandau Prison
  • Black Panther Party Established
  • First Kwanzaa Celebrated
  • Mao Zedong Launches the Cultural Revolution
  • Mass Draft Protests in U.S.
  • National Organization for Women (NOW) Founded
  • Star Trek T.V. Series Airs
  • Two Multi-Ton Chunks of the Mundrabilla Meteorite Found

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Super Bowl I
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor (31) turns the corner with Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Andrew Rice (58) trying to catch up during Super Bowl I, a 35-10 Packers victory on January 15, 1967. James Flores / Getty Images

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My Lai massacre
United States Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle snapped this photo in the aftermath of the My Lai massacre, showing mostly women and children dead on the road. Ronald L. Haeberle via Wikimedia Commons [Public domain]

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Neil Armstrong bootprint Moon

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