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1960 (MCMLX) was a leap yearstarting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 1960th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 960th year of the 2nd millennium, the sixtieth year of the 20th century, and the first year of the 1960s decade. It is additionally known as the "Year of Africa" because of major events—particularly the independence of seventeen African nations—that focused global attention on the continent and intensified feelings of Pan-Africanism.

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A section of lunch counter from the Greensboro, North CarolinaWoolworth's where the Greensboro sit-ins began is now preserved in the Smithsonian InstitutionNational Museum of American History

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The iconic picture of Che Guevara."

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Tiros I prototype on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Francis Gary Powers wearing special pressure suit for stratospheric flying

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World population

  • World population: 3,021,475,001
    • Africa: 277,398,000
    • Asia: 1,701,336,000
    • Europe: 604,401,000
    • Latin America: 218,300,000
    • North America: 204,152,000
    • Oceania: 15,888,000

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