So what real-life events will set the scene now that the '60s are in full swing?
- Malcolm X is assassinated in Manhattan on Feb. 21.
- The Sound of Music premieres on Broadway in March.
- Alabama state troopers clash with over 500 civil rights workers on — what's later dubbed — Bloody Sunday. It's the catalyst for the passing of the Voting Rights Act two months later.
- The first American combat troops ship out to Vietnam in March.
- Russia sends the first man out for a walk in space in March while the US follows in June.
- Vietnam protests begin in April when 25,000 people march through Washington DC, and the first draft-card burnings take place in Berkeley, CA the next month.
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- Cigarette advertising is banned on British television. Uh-oh, Lucky Strike!
- The Beatles perform the first stadium concert ever at Shea Stadium in New York.
- Fidel Castro announces Cubans can emigrate to the United States, and the two countries formally agree to airlift Cubans to the US. By 1971, 250,000 Cubans immigrate through the program.