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       IN THE NEWS:

USSR's Luna 9 makes 1st soft landing on moon; Luna 10 is 1st lunar orbiter.  US launches Surveyor 1 to moon which also makes soft landing.  1st Pacific communications satellite (Intelsat) launched. 1st operational weather satellite - ESSA-1 (US) is launched.
USAF B-52 carrying 4 unarmed hydrogen bombs crashes off coast of Spain.  Gemini 9 launched - 7th US 2-man flight (Stafford/Cernan). US & USSR sign treaty to ban nuclear weapons in outer space. 

US troop strength in Viet Nam at 200,000 in January reaches 400,000 by December; at least 500 US soldiers "Missing in Action" for the year; war extends into Cambodia and US begins bombing of Hanoi.  Buddhists begin setting themselves on fire to protest war in Viet Nam.Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India.
Botswana, Lesotho, Guyana and Barbados become independent.  Cultural Revolution begins in China. 
Sukarno is ousted from Indonesia; Suharto forms new government.

Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California.  Edward Brooke (MA) becomes 1st Black US Senator.  1st Black selected to Presidential cabinet - Robert Weaver (HUD).  Supreme Court decides Miranda v. Arizona protecting rights of accused.  LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act.

Cigarettes 1st required to carry health warning.  Medicare goes in effect.  Insulin 1st synthesized in China.  MIT biochemist Har Khorana finishes deciphering DNA code.  400 die from respiratory failure & heart attack due to smog in NYC.  Snowstorm in northeast kills 165.  Timothy Leary arrested on drug charges and LSD is declared illegal in the US. 

US GDP (1998 dollars): $787.8 billion; Federal spending: $134.53 billion; Federal debt: $328.5 billion; Consumer Price Index: 32.4; Unemployment: 4.5%; Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05; US Population: 196,560,338; Dow-Jones: 995.

1st direct-dial (non operator-assisted) international phone call.  Racial riots erupt in Watts (Los Angeles), Omaha, Cleveland, Chicago and Atlanta.  25,000 anti-war demonstrators march in NYC.  National Organization for Women (NOW) formed.  Fuel injection for cars invented.  Xerox introduced Magnafax Telecopier that could transmit a letter in 6 minutes.


Best Selling Non-Fiction - "How to Avoid Probate", Norman Dacy
     Best Selling Fiction - "
Valley of the Dolls" - Jacqueline Susann
  Pulitzer Prize: Arthur Schlesinger - "Thousand Days" (biography of J.F.Kennedy)  

Other popular books: "In Cold Blood"- Truman Capote; "Games People Play"- Eric Berne; "Human Sexual Response"- Masters & Johnson; "The Adventurers"- Harold Robbins

Best Actor - Paul Scofield, A Man for All Seasons
Best Picture - A Man for All Seasons
Best Actress - Elizabeth Taylor, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The Beatles play their last live concert    1st live concert for Janis Joplin
          Record of the Year: “Strangers in the Night,” Frank Sinatra 
Top Album: Sinatra: A Man and His Music
Song of the Year: "Michelle" John Lennon and Paul McCartney 

Other popular music: "These Boots Were Made for Walking"- Nancy Sinatra; "The Sound of Silence"- Simon & Garfunkel; "We Can Work It Out", "Yellow Submarine", "Paperback Writer"- The Beatles; "Ballad of the Green Berets"- Barry Sadler; "Monday,Monday"- Mamas & Papas; "Good Vibrations"- The Beach Boys; "You Can't Hurry Love"- The Supremes; "I'm a Believer"- The Monkees

Daktari, Star Trek, Batman, The Avengers, That Girl and Mission Impossible premier on TV.  

Popular TV shows: Bonanza - Red Skelton Hour - Andy Griffith Show - Lucy Show - Jackie Gleason Show - Green Acres - Bewitched - Beverly Hillbillies - Gomer Pyle - Fugitive

Popular movies: A Man for All Seasons; Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?; Alfie; You Only live Twice, Thunderball (James Bond); Doctor Zhivago; Born Free; Fantastic Voyage

Neil Simon's "Sweet Charity" opens in NYC for 608 performances.  
"Mame" opens for 1508 performances.

Deaths: Lenny Bruce (drug overdose), Walt Disney, Montgomery Clift, Sophie Tucker

Twiggy (British model) proclaimed "Face of the Year"

MLB: Baltimore Orioles     NFL: Green Bay Packers     NBA: Boston Celtics
NHL: Montreal Canadiens     NCAA-Basketball: Texas Western     NCAA Football: Notre Dame
World Cup: England     KY Derby: Kauia King     US Female Figure Skating: Peggy Fleming
Wimbleton: Billie Jean King; Manuel Santana     248 die in fight at soccer game in Peru.
Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper
to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Roberta Bignay 1st woman to run in Boston marathon.  Willie Mays hits 512th homerun.
Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring at 20,884 points.


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