January: Associated Press, United Press International and Time editors in New York rewrite the news reports from their Saigon reports about the the battle of Ap Bac, turning a government rout into a government victory.
January 11: In inaugural speech as Governor of Alabama, racist George Wallace proclaims "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever."
January 16: Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev asserts that the Soviet Union is in possession of a 100 megaton nuclear bomb that is deployed in East Germany. The weapon is designated as the RDS-220, known to its designers as 'Big Ivan', and in the west as 'Tsar Bomba'.
June 20: U.S. and Soviet Union sign 'hot line' agreement.
June 26: John F. Kennedy speaks to an enormous crowd at Schoneberger Rathaus in the Rudolph Wilde Platz in Berlin. Kennedy's offers stirring words: "All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words" "Ich bin ein Berliner."
June 30: Frightened and humiliated by Professor Howard Zinn's example of moral courage in the civil rights movement, conservative Spelman College President Albert E. Manley fires him, with a letter.
September 15: Racist bombing of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church killed 4 young girls.
September 23: During interview by Walter Cronkite, President John F. Kennedy comments that the government of South Vietnam's cannot win its counterinsurgency unless it recovers popular support. (That it ever had popular support is a heroic asumption.)
November 24: Jack Ruby shoots and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald on television. Answers to questions about the assassination of JFK can now never be answered. Ruby uses a .38 Colt Cobra purchased at Ray’s Hardware and Sporting Goods in Dallas.