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1963: From "General Hospital," to the death of a pope

Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev speaks to the East German Communist Party Congress on January 14, 1963. His public statements in Berlin indicated the USSR did not immediately plan a full-scale revival of its efforts to force the Western occupation powers out of the former German capital. 1963 was a seminal year, not only because of the <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/14/politics/gallery/jfk-the-day/index.html' target='_blank'>assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy,</a> but advances in technology, entertainment and evolving political relationships also kept the world on its toes.

Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev speaks to the East German Communist Party Congress on January 14, 1963. His public statements in Berlin indicated the USSR did not immediately plan a full-scale revival of its efforts to force the Western occupation powers out of the former German capital. 1963 was a seminal year, not only because of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, but advances in technology, entertainment and evolving political relationships also kept the world on its toes.