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    Tables – World Events 1960s

    1960Formation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
    1961Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut, becomes the first human to travel into space
    1962The Cuban Missile Crisis brings the world to the brink of nuclear war
    1963Assassination of US President John F. Kennedy
    1964Civil Rights Act is signed into law in the United States
    1965The U.S. substantially increases its military force in Vietnam
    1966The Cultural Revolution begins in China
    1967Israel wins the Six-Day War against Arab nations
    1968Assassination of US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
    1969The Apollo 11 mission successfully lands the first humans on the moon