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SENATOR John Fitzgerald Kennedy emerged as the new president of the United States in 1960, beating vice president Richard Nixon by a slim margin.

The 43-year-old senator, a Harvard graduate and war hero, was to be the youngest elected president in US history and the first Roman Catholic.

In his victory speech at Hyannis, Massachusetts, he said: "I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world."

Turning to his wife Jacqueline, who was due to give birth to their second child in three weeks, he added that they would now prepare "for a new administration and a new baby."

It had been a heated and exciting campaign in which TV had played an important role for the first time in US election history, with millions watching Kennedy and Nixon battle it out in a series of televised debates.

On this side of the Atlantic, 20 million viewers saw Princess Margaret marry Anthony Armstrong Jones at Westminster Abbey.

They tuned in to watch the first ever televised royal wedding service.

The 29-year-old princess, the Queen's younger sister, arrived on time for the 11.30am ceremony in front of 2,000 invited guests.

Dressed in white silk and wearing a diamond tiara, she was followed down the aisle by eight bridesmaids, led by the Queen's eldest daughter, Princess Anne.

After the ceremony, in which Princess Margaret promised to obey her new husband, the couple enjoyed a wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace before setting off on board the royal yacht Britannia for a honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Causing a stir on the high street in 1960 was DH Lawrence's explicit novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Bookshops all over England sold out of Penguin's first run of the controversial work - a total of 200,000 copies -on the first day of publication.

The novel had originally been published in Italy in 1928 and in Paris the following year, but it had been banned in the UK for more than 30 years.

After a much-publicised trial, Penguin won the right to publish it in its entirety and, for those who could find a copy, it was available in paperback for 3s 6d. London's largest bookstore, W & G Foyle, said its 300 I copies had gone in just 15 minutes - mostly to men - and it had taken orders for 3,000 more.

On the big screen, everyone was checking in to Bates motel for Alfred Hitchcock's movie chiller Psycho.

It became famous for its shower scene in which Marion Crane (actress Janet Leigh) met with hotel manager Norman Bates' carving knife, to the soundtrack of screeching violins.

Anthony Perkins was the creepy Mr Bates, who had a rather worrying obsession with taxidermy and his mother.

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