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1960Africa • South Africa 
Unidentified photographer - Keystone / Staff
Aftermath of the Sharpeville massacre 
1960, 22 March
At least 180 black Africans are injured and 69 killed when South African police open fire on demonstrators protesting the pass laws in Sharpeville. (21 March 1960)
1961North America • CubaThe Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by American backed forces ends in catastrophe.
1962Africa • AlgeriaAlgeria gains independence from France
1963North America • USAPresident Kennedy assassinated (22 November 1963)
1967Middle EastSix Day War between Israel and the forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.
1968Europe • CzechoslovakiaSoviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia
1968North America • USAMartin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated.
1970North America • USAShootings of students by the National Guard at an antiwar demonstration at Kent State University in Ohio.
1973Middle EastYom Kippur War between the armies of Syria and Egypt against those of Israel
1974North America • USAThe Watergate Affair - President Nixon resigns

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