* To download PDF of entire book: @
"The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments" was first published in 1960. It was later said to have been pulled from many library shelves -- many of the experiments were considered too dangerous, especially for kids. (It includes directions on making chlorine gas.)
A full-page ad appears in The New York Times as part of an effort to raise funds for the legal defense of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was facing a perjury charge in Alabama. (After the ad appeared, Montgomery city commissioner L.B. Sullivan would sue the Times for libel, and the case would be settled four years later as the U.S. Supreme Court established the "actual malice" standard.)
In a secret ceremony inside the antechapel at Sidney Sussex College (part of England's University of Cambridge), the head of Oliver Cromwell is given a final resting place as it is reburied, 302 years after his death. Cromwell had helped lead the overthrow and execution of King Charles I and took the title of Lord Protector as he governed the short-lived republic. Though some historical and scientific claims vary, the general consensus is that when Cromwell died in 1658, he was buried in Westminster Abbey. After Charles II restored the monarchy in 1660, Cromwell's body was disinterred, hanged and dismembered, with the head displayed on a spike to symbolize his treason. Through the years the head was sold and resold until it was finally returned to the college Cromwell had attended.
* More about Cromwell's remains: @
* Charles I biography (British monarchy website): @
* Cromwell Museum: @
* The Cromwell Association: @
* Video summary: @
Police in Sharpeville, South Africa (a township south of Johannesburg) open fire on a crowd protesting the country's pass laws, under which black people were required to carry identification with them at all times. Failure to do so could mean arrest and jail. The pass books also were used to restrict where blacks could go. 69 people were killed and at least 180 were wounded at Sharpeville; many of them were shot in the back as they ran from the gunfire. South Africa and its apartheid policies were quickly condemned around the world.
* More about Sharpeville: @
* Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg: @
* Artists on the massacre: @
Queen Elizabeth's image appears on a British banknote for the first time, a one-pound note issued by the Bank of England.
* Photo slideshow: @
* Short timeline of the Bank of England: @
President Eisenhower authorizes the CIA to begin working with and training Cuban exiles as part of a covert effort to undermine and overthrow the government of Fidel Castro, whose guerrilla forces had seized power on New Year's Day, 1959. (The Soviet Union and Cuba had forged closer ties since Castro's takeover.) At left is Castro with Vice President Nixon during Castro's visit to Washington in April 1959.
* Text of "A Program of Covert Action Against the Castro Regime": @
* Map of the Cuban Revolution: @
The national observatory -- an hour southwest of Tucson, Arizona -- is dedicated. The space race with the Soviets had propelled the search for a facility that would be available to the entire astronomy community.
That was the title of an article in The Saturday Evening Post about the possibilities -- and challenges -- of electric cars. "An electric is the ideal economical urban-suburban family second car for shopping, child-fetching, going to a nearby job," the article says.
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* Timeline: @
* Short history: @
* Electric Auto Association website: @
One of the best-known images of its time, and even today -- a picture of Che Guevara, the minister of industry with the Cuban government -- was taken at a memorial service for people killed in a ship explosion.
* The photo before cropping: @
* Pictures from around the world: @
* Photos and graphics from the book "Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image": @
Sergeant Elvis Presley is officially discharged from active duty after serving nearly two years in the U.S. Army. In a month's time he would record an album ("Elvis is Back") and a television special (as a special guest on "The Frank Sinatra Timex Show").
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