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The Soviets shoot down a U.S. U-2 spy plane and capture the pilot, Capt. Gary Powers. The U.S. is thus forced to admit to spying on the Soviet Union. In response, Premier Khrushchev cancels a Paris summit meeting with President Eisenhower.

Kruschev at the United Nations Pounds Shoe.

In February, U.S. blacks begin "sit-in" demonstrations at Greensboro, N.C., lunch counters. The city desegregates eating places in July.

Israelis Kidnap Adolph Eichman from Argentina to Jerusalem to stand trial.

John F. Kennedy after defeating Hubert Humphrey in the Democratic primaries, wins the closet presidential election of the century over Vice President Richard Nixon. At at time when 88 percent of American families have television sets, it is the televised debates that help provide Kennedy's margin of victory.

Two White Schools in New Orleans are the first to Integrate.

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