please help i need 10 facts that talks about POLITICS during the 1960s please they have to be about politics and can u please add the year for each fact.its for ushistory class

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The 1960's was a turbulent time in United States history. Some amazing things happened scientifically, like the space race, but much of that period's history is focused around racial and political issues and events.  In fact, many of the racial issues cannot be separated from the political decisions that either caused or affected the related racial event/issue. 

I'll try to stay as politically focused as I can, but like I said, sometimes it's hard to isolate politics only. 

Oct 4, 1957 -- The Soviet Union successfully launches Sputnik.  While not a political decision for the U.S., that single event greatly affected the U.S. space race for the next decade.  It also further deepened Cold War fears.  

May 1, 1960 -- U2 spy plane shot down over Soviet Russia

Sept. 26, 1960 -- First televised presidential debate. These broadcasts do not reflect well upon Nixon.

Nov. 8, 1960 -- John F. Kennedy is elected president. 

Mar. 1, 1961 -- Kennedy signs an executive order that establishes the Peace Corps. 

May 5, 1961 -- Kennedy signs a bill that raises the minimum wage in stages for the next two years. 

May 25, 1961 -- Kennedy tells the world that the United States will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. It took everyone by surprise (even NASA). 

Sept.29, 1962 -- Kennedy orders the National Guard to desegregate the University of Mississippi. 

Oct. 22, 1962 -- Cuban missile crisis. 

Dec. 14, 1962 -- Kennedy announces a plan for big tax cuts. 

Nov. 22, 1963 -- Kennedy assassinated

July 30, 1965 -- Medicare bill 

Aug. 30, 1967 -- First black supreme court judge 

Nov. 5, 1968 -- Nixon elected president

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