-  Beatlemania sweeps the US. In February, the band arrives at JFK Airport in New York. The group has already achieved rapid success in Europe the previous year. The single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” goes straight to number one in the US charts.

- On July 2nd, the most complete Civil Rights Bill in the history of the US is approved and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law makes racial discrimination illegal in the workplace, public places, unions and in programs financed by the federal government.

- In December, Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent fight for civil rights.

- Frenchman Jean-Paul Sartre wins the Nobel Literature Prize, but refuses to accept.