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This occurred to me last weekend: three major books were published in 1962: Buchanan & Tullock's The Calculus of Consent, Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State, and Friedman's Capitalism and Freedom.
At the same time, Walmart, Kmart, and Target all opened in 1962.
John Glenn's orbits, the launch of Telstar. The first video game, Spacewar, appeared. The Jetsons debuted. Arthur C. Clarke published Profiles of the Future.
And last but not least, "Tom Swift, Jr. and his Triphibian Atomicar."
The Cuban Missile Crisis!
The world came within a few minutes from ending for perhaps hundreds of millions of people.
That's why we should all have a picture of Visili Arkhipov in our homes.
The least-known hero of the 20th century
Also in 1962, Woolco.
In Search of a Monetary Constitution