oren February 1 - In Greensboro, N.C., four black students from North_Carolina Agricultural and Technical College begin a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter. Although they are refused service, they are allowed to stay at_the counter. The event triggers many similar nonviolent protests throughout the South, and six months later the original four protesters are served lunch at_the same counter.

February 8 - Adolph Coors II killed during an attempt to kidnap him in Colorado. Joseph Corbett Jr is arrested next October.

February 9 - Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

February 9 - Adolph Coors III, chairman of_the board of the Coors Brewing Company, is kidnapped and captors demand $500,000. Coors is later found dead and Joseph Corbett Jr is indicted.

March 6 - The_United_States announces that 3,500 American soldiers are going to_be sent to Vietnam.

March 22 - Arthur Leonard Schawlow & Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser.

April 1 - The_United_States launches the first weather satellite, TIROS-1.

April 12 - Eric Peugeot, youngest son of founder of Peugeot is kidnapped in Paris. Kidnappers release him April 15 in exchange for $300,000 ransom.

April 13 - USA launches navigation satellite Transat I-b.

May 9 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves sale of_the birth_control pill.

May 10 - The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus completes the first under water circumnavigation of_the Earth.

July 4 - Following the admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state the previous year, the 50-star flag of_the United_States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

July 11 - Oren is born in Louisville, Kentucky.

July 20 - Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first female head of government.

August 18 - Enovid, the_first commercially produced oral contraceptive, is launched in Skokie, Illinois.

September 5 - Cassius_Clay wins the gold medal in boxing at_the Rome Olympic Games.

September 26 - The two leading US presidential candidates, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participate in_the first televised presidential debate.

October 14 - US presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggests the idea for the Peace Corps.

October 29 - In Louisville, Kentucky, Cassius_Clay (who later took the name Muhammad_Ali) wins his first professional fight.

November 2 - Penguin Books is found not_guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley's Lover case.

November 13 - Sammy Davis, Jr. marries Swedish actress May Britt. Interracial marriage is still illegal in 31 US states out of 50.

November 30 - Production of_the De Soto automobile brand ceases.

December 2 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the use of $1M for the relief and resettlement of Cuban refugees in Florida. Cuban refugees have been arriving in Florida at the rate of 1,000 a week.
oren Top ten most requested songs:

1. The Twist - Chubby Checker
2. Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
3. Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
4. Wild One - Bobby Rydell
5. Volare - Bobby Rydell
6. I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee
7. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
8. This Magic Moment - the Drifters
9. It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
10. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
j i can see which was the most important event, oren. ;) 100809
oren Well, from my_perspective, being born was damn_important. :) 100809
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