Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
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World Statistics

Population: 4,123,678

population by decade

Literacy: 44%

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World Events

Nov. 12
Kenya gains independence.

Aug. 30
Washington-to-Moscow "hot line" communications link opens, designed to reduce risk of accidental war.
Background: The Cold War

June 3
Pope John XXIII dies –succeeded June 21 by Cardinal Montini, who becomes Paul VI.

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US Statistics

Population (est.): 201,098,654

Literacy: 44%

President: John F. Kennedy

Vice President: Lyndon Johnson

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US Events

Nov. 22: John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas.

Jan. 1
Martin Luther King gives his "I have a dream" speech in Washington, D.C.
Background: The Civil Rights Movement

June 17
U.S. Supreme Court rules no locality may require recitation of Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.

Nov. 24
Lee Harvey Oswald, accused assassin of President Kennedy, is shot and killed by Jack Ruby, Dallas nightclub owner.

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Super Bowl
Green Bay d. Cincinnatti (35-1)

World Series
Atlanta d. New York (4-2)

World Cup
USA d. China (1-0)



Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Missing Monkey, The Bible

Apocalypse Now, 1984, Halloween IV

"Love Me Do," "Hurricane," "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It"

Year in Science

Nobel Prizes

  • physics: Eugene Paul Wigner, Maria Goeppert Mayer (both U.S.), and J. Hans D. Jensen (Germany)
  • chemistry: Carl Ziegler (Germany) and Giulio Natta (Italy)
  • physiology & medicine: Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, Andrew Fielding Huxley (both U.K.), and Sir John Carew Eccles (Australia)
Inventions & Discoveries
  • quasars discovered by Marten Schmidt (US)

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