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What The World Was Like The Last Time Harper Lee Published A Book

Ah, 1960...

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1. The Flintstones aired for the first time.

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2. JFK ran for president.

3. The Republicans nominated Vice President Richard Nixon as their candidate.

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4. Lucille Ball divorced Desi Arnaz.

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5. Four black students began a wave of nonviolent protests throughout the Southern United States after they staged a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in North Carolina.

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Six months later that same Woolworth served its first meal to a black customer.

6. Enovid became the first FDA-approved oral contraceptive pill.

7. President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.

8. Peter Pan was broadcast as a two-hour special for the first time.

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9. Alfred Hitchcock's $800,000 film Psycho was released and raked in $50 million.

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10. Seventeen African nations declared their independence.

11. Alberto Korda took this iconic picture of Ché Guevara.

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12. OPEC was formed by Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

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13. The "week of barricades" in Algiers challenged French colonial policy.

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14. Fidel Castro nationalized all foreign-owned property in Cuba.

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15. Elvis Presley was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving two years in Germany.

16. The U.S. sent 3,500 troops to Vietnam.

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17. The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL.

18. Brazil moved its capital from Rio de Janeiro...

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19. ...to Brasília.

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20. Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rome.

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21. The original Ocean's 11 was released.

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22. Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars.

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23. This song won Eurovision.

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24. The Beatles played the Indra club in Hamburg for 48 nights.

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25. Jacques Piccard (right) and Don Walsh took a submarine 35,797 feet down into the Mariana Trench.

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26. The Winter Olympics were held at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California.

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27. The Soviet Union shot down a U.S. spy plane and captured its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, sentencing him to 10 years in prison for espionage.

28. NASA launched TIROS I, the first weather satellite.

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29. Tom and James Monaghan launched Domino's Pizza.

30. France tested its first atomic bomb.

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31. Chile experienced a 9.5 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful earthquake on record.

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32. Egypt began construction of the Aswan High Dam.

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33. Chuck D, Tilda Swinton, and Bono were born.

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34. So were Sean Penn, Julianne Moore, and Tim Cook.

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35. Clark Gable died.

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36. Televised debates made their debut...

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37. ...and John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States.

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