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Events

  • January 11 - Orval Faubus is elected Governor of Arkansas.
  • February 5 - The Branch Davidians are founded after breaking away from the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • June 11 - The People's Temple is founded by Jim Jones.
  • August 18 - Beginning of the First Sudanese Civil War.
  • August 28 - Emmett Till, a 14-year old African-American boy, is abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Mississippi and brutally lynched by Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam.
  • September 11 - Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam are acquitted for the lynching of Emmett Till by an all-white jury.
  • October 26 - The State of Vietnam is reorganized into the Republic of South Vietnam. Ngô Đình Diệm is named president of the new republic, replacing former Chief of State Bảo Đại.
  • November 1 - Beginning of the Vietnam War.
  • November 1 - Jack Gilbert Graham blows up United Airlines Flight 629 by planting a dynamite bomb in the plane's checked luggage, causing the plane to explode over Longmont, Colorado. All 39 passengers and 5 crew are killed.
  • November 27 - Westboro Baptist Church is founded in Topeka, Kansas by Fred Phelps.

Births

Villain births

Victim births

  • Janruary 8 - Patricia List
  • March 6 - Cyprien Ntaryamira
  • April 4 - John Price
  • Unknown - Debra Johnson

Deaths

Villain deaths

Victim deaths

  • August 28 - Emmett Till