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  • Beatlemania is all the rage. The British quartet lands in the United States and crowds go wild. It is a consecration for the four young musicians from Liverpool.
  • Following the signature of the Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination against Blacks, riots are repressed violently in major cities in the United States.
  • In the Soviet Union, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet government and Communist party, is dismissed.
  • Opening of the 13th modern era Olympic Games in Tokyo.
  • Resolutely opposed to any form of recognition, French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre refuses the Nobel Prize for literature.

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