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Can you imagine pregnancy being a fireable offense?
How about job security hinging on your weight or the softness of your hands?
In prison, Chessman wrote a memoir -- "Cell 2455, Death Row" -- and energized the anti-capital punishment movement. Held in honor of the Washington Post's Katharine Graham -- pictured on the far left -- it was more of an excuse for a Capote party.
The 500 attendees included Frank Sinatra, CBS founder William Paley, Lauren Bacall -- pictured on the far right dancing with choreographer Jerome Robbins -- three presidential daughters and Capote's elevator man.
On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman -- who had already killed his wife and mother -- went to the top of the University of Texas Tower and shot 46 people, killing 16.
In the '60s, such a mass shooting was almost unthinkable.
Two weeks later, The New York Times ran a story that said 38 people had heard her cries, but nobody rushed to help, not wanting to "get involved," said one.
Though the details turned out to be overstated or inaccurate, the depiction of uncaring city dwellers has haunted society ever since.
Click through the gallery for lesser known '60s moments that still resonate today: The United Nations has often been criticized as ineffectual, but Dag Hammarskjold, its second secretary-general, was determined to change that.
At the time it occurred in early 1969, the Santa Barbara oil spill, caused by a blow-out at a platform off the California coast, was the worst in American history.
(It has since been succeeded by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.) The scope of the spill, which polluted waters and killed sea life, was key to creating environmental protection laws and the Environmental Protection Agency.
As recently as the 1970s, credit cards in many cases were issued with only a husband's signature.
It was not until the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974 that it became illegal to refuse a credit card to a woman based on her gender.2.