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The Year is 1960 ...

Democrats John F. Kennedy (MA) and Lyndon B. Johnson (TX) beat Republicans Richard M. Nixon (CA) and Henry Cabot Lodge (MA) for President and Vice President. Closest election since 1884. Republicans complain that Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and his Machine stole the election for Democrat John F. Kennedy. The first televised presidential campaign debates occur before this election.



U.S. and Japan complete a security treaty.

Francis Gary Powers flying U-2 spy plane is shot down over Soviet Union. The plane takes off from Peshawar, Pakistan. Soviets tipped about the flight, shadow the U-2 and shoot it down. Gary Powers survives, but fails to activate the spy plane's self-destruct. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev announces the incident. Gary Powers is found guilty of spying and is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Alan Freed "Moondog" arrested after Congress investigates "payola" in the record industry. Moondog possibly coined the term "Rock and Roll."

President Eisenhower sets trade embargo after Cuba ignores American protests over Cuba's confiscation of property.

Videotape Recorder (VTR) is invented by a team led by Charles Ginsburg at Ampex Corporation.





The Apartment
wins an Oscar
for Best Picture
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