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Aug 19 Moscow Tribunal Convicts American U-2 Pilot Gary Powers of Espionage Francis Gary Powers Russia U.S. History - The Nuclear Age The U-2 Spy Plane Incident
Sputnik 5 Launched with Mice, Rats, Plants, Houseflies & Dogs Aboard Russian Space Program Space Exploration
Aug 20 Mali Federation Breaks into Senegal and Republic of Mali Senegal Republic of Mali African History
Aug 26 Branford Marsalis Branford Marsalis Jazz Popular Musicians Famous African Americans
Sept 05 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Wins Olympic Boxing Gold in Rome Muhammad Ali Boxing The Olympic Games
Sept 06 Rafer Johnson Sets an Olympic Decathlon Record of 8,392 Points Track & Field The Olympic Games Famous African Americans
Sept 09 Hugh Grant Hugh Grant Film
Sept 18 Fidel Castro Arrives in New York City New York City Cuba
Sept 19 "The Twist" Tops the Charts Popular Music
Sept 26 The First Nixon & Kennedy Is Debate Nationally Televised John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon The American Presidency U.S. History Television
Sept 30 The Flintstones Premieres on ABC Cartoons & Comics Family Television
Oct 01 Nigeria Gains Independence from Great Britain Nigeria Great Britain
Oct 03 The Andy Griffith Show Debuts Family Television
Oct 07 The Second Nixon-Kennedy Debate Is Held, Topic: Foregin Policy John F. Kennedy Richard Nixon The American Presidency U.S. History
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Oct 14 JFK Makes First Mention of a Peace Corps in Michigan Campaign Speech John F. Kennedy 1960 Presidential Election The Peace Corps
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Oct 21 Fourth & Final Kennedy-Nixon Debate: Foreign Policy Richard Nixon John Kennedy The American Presidency
Oct 24 Cuba Nationalizes All American-owned Assets in Cuba Cuba Business & Economics The Cold War
Oct 25 Martin Luther King, Jr. Sentenced to 4-months Jail for Sit-in Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Civil Rights
Trademark Registered for Lerner and Loewe's Camelot Musical Theater Patents & Trademarks
Oct 29 Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) Wins First Professional Fight Muhammad Ali Boxing Famous African Americans
Aug 26 Hockey Hall of Fame Opens in Toronto Hockey Canada
Aug 28 Brian Pinkney Brian Pinkney Artists Famous African Americans
Sept 06 Bob Dylan Debuts at Gaslight Cafe in New York Bob Dylan Folk Music
Sept 13 U.S. Launch Tests Mercury Capsule Environmental Controls Space Exploration
Sept 17 Elaine Clayton Elaine Clayton Illustrators
Sept 18 UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold Killed in Plane Crash United Nations Air Disasters World History
Sept 25 James E. Ransome Children's Literature
Sept 25 Heather Locklear Television Actors
Oct 01 Roger Maris Hits Home Run #61 Roger Maris Baseball
Oct 03 The Dick Van Dyke Show Debuts on CBS Family Television
UAW Calls Company-wide Strike Against Ford Motors Ford Motor Company Automotive Industry Labor Job Actions
Country Music Hall of Fame Welcomes First Inductees Country & Western Musicians
Oct 04 Alvin and the Chipmunks Cartoon Show Premieres Cartoons & Comics Family Television
Oct 08 Paul Hornung Scores 33 points for Green Bay" 4 TDs, 6 PATs, 1FG Football
Oct 11 Steve Young Utah Football
Oct 18 Wynton Marsalis Wynton Marsalis Popular Musicians Famous African Americans
Oct 18 Film Version of West Side Story Opens in New York City New York City Leonard Bernstein <IWest Side Story">
Aug 19 Eric Lutes (actor) Eric Lutes Television Film
Aug 22 Savannah, World's First Nuclear Submarine, Completes Maiden Voyage Nuclear Energy Naval History
Aug 23 First Live Television Satellite Broadcast Between U.S. & Europe Television European History U.S. History Historic Firsts
Aug 27 Yolanda Adams Yolanda Adams Gospel Musicians Famous African Americans
Aug 27 U.S. Launches Mariner 2: First U.S. Spacecraft to Flyby Another Planet (Venus) Space Exploration Venus
Aug 29 Robert Frost Goes to the Soviet Union on Goodwill Tour Robert Frost Poetry The Soviet Union
Sept 03 e.e. cummings e.e. cummings American Authors
Sept 17 Neil Armstrong Joins NASA Astronaut Program Neil Armstrong Astronauts
Sept 20 James Meredith Blocked from Enrolling in the University of Mississippi Mississippi Education U.S. Civil Rights African-American History U.S. History
Sept 23 Maury Wills Breaks Ty Cobb's Record with 97th Stolen Base Baseball Famous African Americans
Sept 25 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson for World's Heavyweight Championship. Boxing
Sept 26 Melissa Sue Anderson California Performing Artists Television
Sept 26 The Yemen Monarchy of Imam Muhammad al-Badr Is Overthrown Yemen
The Beverly Hillbillies Premiers on CBS Television
Sept 27 Rachel Carson's Silent Spring Is First Published Rachel Carson <ISilent Spring"> Earth & Environment
Sept 30 Janet S. Wong Janet S. Wong Poetry Asian Americans
Sept 30 James Meredith Successfully Enrolls in University of Mississippi on 4th Try Mississippi Education U.S. Civil Rights African-American History
Oct 02 Johnny Carson First Hosts The Tonight Show Johnny Carson Television
Oct 03 Wally Schirra Completes 6 Earth Orbits in U.S. Mercury Sigma 7 Wally Schirra Space Exploration
Stop the World, I Want to Get Off! Opens on Broadway New York City Muscial Theater
Oct 11 Pope John XXIII Opens the Second Vatican Council Catholicism
Oct 14 Cuban Missile Crisis Begins: Photos Taken of Russian Missiles in Cuba Cuba Russia John F. Kennedy Photography The Cuban Missile Crisis
Oct 16 President Kennedy First Learns of Missiles in Cuba Cuban Missile Crisis President John Kennedy Cold War
Oct 21 Chubby Checker Appears on The Ed Sullivan Show and Sings "The Twist" Television Popular Music
Oct 22 President Kennedy Places Cuba under Naval "Quarantine" Cuban Missile Crisis President Kennedy The Cold War U.S. History
Oct 24 U.S. Naval Blockade of Cuba Officially Begins Cuba Cuban Missile Crisis
Oct 25 U.S. Presents Photos of Soviet Missiles in Cuba to the U.N. Cuba Soviet Union Cuban Missile Crisis Photography Cold War World History
John Steinbeck Selected as Nobel Laureate for Literature John Steinbeck 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature
Aug 19 John Stamos (actor) John Stamos Television
Aug 19 NAACP Youth Council Begins Oklahoma City Lunch Counter Sit-ins Oklahoma Civil Rights African-American History
Aug 27 W.E.B. Du Bois W.E.B. Du Bois American Authors American Social leaders Famous African Americans
Aug 28 200,000+ Civil Rights Demonstrators March on Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Civil Rights African-American History
Martin Luther King Delivers "I Have A Dream" Speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Washington, D.C. Civil Rights African-American History
Aug 30 U.S.-Soviet "Hot Line" Placed into Service U.S. History Russia TheTelephone The Cold War
Sept 10 First 20 Black Students Integrate Alabama Schools Alabama U.S. Civil Rights U.S. History
Sept 12 Final Episode of Leave It to Beaver Airs Children's Television
Sept 17 Indonesia and Malaysia Begin "Konfrontasi"Era of Quasi-war. Indonesia Malaysia
Sept 20 John Kennedy Proposes Joint U.S./Soviet Moon Mission John F. Kennedy The Moon Space Exploration
Sept 25 Andrea Davis Pinkney Andrea Davis Pinkney Famous African Americans
Sept 25 First Annette Funicello/Frankie Avalon Beach Film Debuts Annette Funicello Film
Sept 30 Bronx Zoo Announces First Birth of a Gerenuk in the United States New York City Zoos
Oct 01 Mark McGwire California Sports Figures Baseball
Oct 02 Dr. King's I Have a Dream Registered with U.S. Patent Office Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Patents & Trademarks
Oct 07 JFK Signs Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with Britian and the Soviet Union John F. Kennedy Great Britain Soviet Union Nuclear Arms Control Historic Documents
Oct 10 Dam Bursts in Italy Killing 3,000 Italy Dams Death
Oct 14 Armed Revolution Breaks Out to Liberate South Yemen from British Rule Yemen Great Britain
Oct 22 Brian Boitano California Sports Figures Figure Skating The Olympic Games
Aug 20 President Johnson Signs a Nearly $1B Anti-Poverty Measure President Lyndon Johnson Business & Economics
Aug 26 Lyndon Johnson Receives Democratic Nomination for President Politics Lyndon Johnson American Presidents U.S. History
Aug 27 Gracie Allen Gracie Allen Radio Television Film
Aug 28 The Beatles Appear on Cover of LIFE Magazine The Beatles Popular Musicians Journalism
Aug 29 Roy Orbison Releases "Pretty Woman" Popular Music
Sept 05 Do Wah Diddy Diddy Released by Mannfred Mann Popular Music
Sept 18 Sean O'Casey Sean O'Casey Irish Authors
Sept 18 Addams Family Premires on ABC Television
Sept 19 Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood Country Musicians
Sept 25 Armed Campaign for Independence Begun by Anti-Portuguese Rolutionaries Mozambique Portugal
Sept 26 Gilligan's Island Premiers on CBS Television
Sept 27 Warren Commission Issues Report on JFK Assassination Assassination of John F. Kennedy Historic Documents of the United States
"The Beach Boys" Appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for First Time Television Popular Musicians
Oct 02 Scientific Findings Link Tobacco and Cancer Tobacco Cancer
Oct 07 U.S. Prints First $20 Federal Reserve Notes Bearing "In God We Trust" Currencies
Oct 14 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youngest Person Selected for Nobel Peace Prize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Famous African Americans 1964 Nobel Prize for Peace
Nikita Khrushchev Ousted as Soviet Leader after 10 Years in Power Nikita Khrushchev The Cold War
American Billy Mills Wins the 10,000 M Run at the Tokyo Olympics Japan The Olympic Games Native-American Studies
Oct 15 Leonid Brezhnev Chosen to Lead the Soviet Union Leonid
Oct 16 China Detonates a Nuclear Device to Become the Fifth Nuclear Power China Nuclear Weapons Cold War World History
Oct 17 "She's Not There" Released by the Zombies Popular Music
Oct 22 Jean-Paul Sartre Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature, but Declines Jean-Paul Sartre 1964 Nobel Prize for Literature
Oct 25 "The Rolling Stones" First Appear on Ed Sullivan The Rolling Stones Television
Oct 29 Republic of Tanganyika & Zanzibar Changes Name to Republic of Tanzania Tanzania
Star of India and Other Gems Stolen in New York New York Gems Crime
Aug 19 Kyra Sedgwick (actor) Kyra Sedgwick Film Television
Aug 19 Kevin Dillon (actor) Kevin Dillon Film Television
Aug 19 U.S. Forces Destroy Viet Cong Stronghold near Van Tuong Vietnam War
Aug 20 Hollywood Studio System Ends with Sandra Dee's Contract Film Business & Economics
Aug 28 Shania Twain Shania Twain Country & Western Musicians
Aug 29 U.S. Gemini 5 Splashes Down with Cooper & Conrad Aboard Space Exploration Charles Conrad Gordon Cooper
Aug 30 Senate Confirms Thurgood Marshall As First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall U.S. Supreme Court U.S. History Famous African Americans Historic Firsts
Sept 04 Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer Laureate of the1952 Nobel Peace Prize
Sept 17 The Smothers Brothers Premire on CBS Television Popular Music
Sept 20 U.S. Loses Seven Planes in Vietnam Vietnam War Aviation
Sept 25 Scottie Pippen Basketball Famous African Americans
Sept 27 Steve Kerr Basketball
Oct 04 Pope Paul VI Addresses UN Catholicism United Nations
Oct 10 The Supremes First Appear on Ed Sullivan Show Popular Music Television Famous African Americans
Oct 11 Dorthea Lange Dorthea Lange Photography
Oct 11 Roll Over Beethoven Released by The Beatles The Beatles Popular Music
Oct 23 Byrds Release "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Popular Music
Aug 22 United Farm Workers of America Is Formed César Chávez Farm Labor Farming & Agriculture
Aug 27 U.N. Cancels South Africa's Rule over Namibia: Guerrilla War Breaks Out Namibia South Africa The United Nations War African History
"Cherish" Released by The Association Popular Music
Aug 29 The Beatles Hold Final Concert in San Francisco San Francisco The Beatles Popular Music
Sept 03 Final Episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Airs Television
Sept 06 Margaret Sanger Margaret Sanger
Sept 09 Adam Sandler Adam Sandler Film
Sept 12 Beatles Release Yesterday in the U.S. The Beatles Popular Music
Sept 16 New Metropolitan Opera House Opens in New York City New York City Opera Architecture
Leontyne Price Is First African American to Open a Metropolitan Opera Season Opera African American History
Sept 30 Botswana Gains Independence from the United Kingdom Botswana United Kingdom
Oct 04 Lesotho Gains Independence from the United Kingdom Lesotho United Kingdom
Oct 15 President Johnson Signs Bill Creating the U.S. Department of Transportation Lyndon U.S.
Bill Russell First Professional African-American Coach Boston" Bill Basketball" African-American U.S.
Oct 17 President Johnson Leaves on 17-day Asia-Pacific Trip President Lyndon Johnson The American Presidency
Oct 21 South Wales Coal Waste Landslide Engulfs School & Homes: 140 die Wales
Oct 22 "The Supremes" Are First All-female Group with #1 Album Diana Ross The Supremes Women Famous African Americans
Oct 22 Soviets Launch Luna 12 for Orbit around the Moon Soviet Space Program Space Exploration The Moon
Beach Boys Release "Good Vibrations" Popular Music
Oct 29 The National Organization for Women Is Founded Women
Aug 21 Carrie-Anne Moss Carrie-Anne Moss Film
Aug 26 George E. Day Is Shot Down and Captured in North Vietnam George E. Day Congressional Medal of Honor Vietnam War U.S. History
Sept 03 Nguyen Van Thieu Elected President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu
Swedish Drivers Switch to Right Side of the Road to Conform Sweden Automobiles European History
Sept 11 Surveyor 5 Lands on the Moon, Begins Elemental Analysis of Surface Lunar Exploration Space Exploration
Sept 19 Jim Abbott Jim Abbott Baseball Special Needs Education
Sept 25 "The Beatles" Record "Fool On The Hill" at Abby Road The Beatles Popular Musicians
Oct 02 Thurgood Marshall Sworn in As First Black Justice U.S. Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall U.S. Supreme Court African-American History U.S.  History Historic Firsts
Oct 02 First Black Astronaut Dies in Crash Before First Mission Astronauts African-American History Death
Oct 04 Liev Schreiber Liev Schreiber Actors
Oct 17 Hair Premieres in New York City New York City Musical Theater
Oct 21 Nearly 100,000 Gather in Washington, D.C. to Protest the Vietnam War Washington, D.C. The Vietnam War
Aug 20 650,000 Warsaw Pact Troops Crush Czechoslovakian Protests Russia Czech Republic Slovakia European History Cold War
Aug 26 Democratic National Convention Opens in Chicago Politics Chicago American Presidents U.S. History
Aug 28 War Protesters Riot at Democratic Convention in Chicago Chicago Politics Vietnam War
Aug 30 "Hey Jude" Registered for With U.S. Patent & Trademarks Popular Music Patents & Trademarks
Sept 06 Arthur Ashe Is First African-American to Win U.S. Open in Tennis Tennis African-American History
Sept 20 U.S. Defends Use of Defoliants in Vietnam Vietnam War Chemistry
Sept 25 Will Smith Will Smith Television Actors Famous African Americans
Sept 27 France Vetos U.K. Entry into European Common Market France United Kingdom Business & Economics European History
Oct 07 Motion Picture Association of America Adopts Rating System ( G to X) Film U.S. History
Oct 11 Apollo 7, The First Manned Apollo Mission, Launched with Three Aboard Space Exploration
Panamá's National Guard Overthrows Government of President Arias Madrid Panamá
Oct 14 Apollo 7 Transmits First Live Telecast from a Staffed U.S. Spacecraft Apollo 7 Television History of Technology Historic Firsts
Jim Hines Sets 100-M Dash World-record 9.95 S at Mexico City Olympics Mexico The Olympic Games
Oct 15 Al Oerter First Track Olympian to Win Event Four Consecutive Times Mexico" Al The Track
Wyomia Tyus Wins Second Consecutive Olynmpic Gold for 100M Dash Mexico" The Track Famous
Led Zeppelin Makes Performance Debut in England Britain" Popular
Oct 16 Tommie Smith & John Carlos Stage Black Power Protest at Olympic Games Mexico The Olympic Games U.S. Civil Rights African-American History U.S. History
Oct 18 Bob Beamon Long Jumps 29' 2.5" at Mexico City Olympics Mexico The Olympic Games Bob Beamon Famous African Americans Track & Field Historic Firsts
John Lennon and Yoko Ono Arrested for Drug Possession John Lennon The Beatles Law & Legal Resources Crime Illegal Drugs
Oct 22 Apollo 7 Splashes Down after 163 Earth Orbits Space Exploration Wally Schirra
Aug 19 Matthew Perry (actor) Matthew Perry Film Television
Aug 21 Nixon Meets South Korean President Park Chung Hee in San Francisco Richard Nixon Richard Nixon South Korea San Francisco
Sept 03 Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh Vietnam War
Sept 04 Radio Hanoi Announces Death of Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh Vietnam War
Sept 05 Lt. William Calley Charged for My Lai Massacre Vietnam War Law & Legal Resources U.S. History
Sept 09 Ho Chi Minh Is Buried in Hanoi Ho Chi Minh Vietnam War
Sept 10 Gibralter Given Domestic Self-government under British Sovereignty Britain
Sept 12 President Nixon Orders Resumption of Bombing in North Vietnam Richard Nixon The American Presidency Vietnam War
Sept 26 "The Beatles" Release Last Album, "Abby Road" The Beatles Popular Music
The Brady Bunch Premiers on CBS Television
Oct 03 Gwen Stefani Popular Musicians
Oct 03 Beatles Release Abby Road in U.S. The Beatles Popular Musicians
Oct 10 Brett Favre Mississippi Sports Figures Football
Oct 11 Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez Orlando Hernandez Baseball
Oct 15 Peace Activists Demonstrate Across the U.S. Vietnam
Oct 21 Jack Kerouac Jack Kerouac American Authors
Oct 21 Siad Barre Seizes Power in Somalia in Bloodless Revolt Somalia
Oct 29 Bobby Seale Gagged and Chained at Chicago 8 Trial Chicago 8 Trial
Oct 29 Supreme Court Orders Immediate Desegregation of U.S. Schools U.S. Civil Rights Education U.S. Supreme Court African-American History U.S. History
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