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Significant world events* The Ecumenical Movement
Africa
Sharpeville Massacre, South Africa
Civil War in Belgian Congo

East Asia and the Pacific
Start of Sino-Soviet dispute

1960
Europe
Berlin Wall Built
First man in space

Americas
Launch of Civil Rights movement in southern US
"Bay of Pigs" operation in Cuba

Africa
South Africa becomes independent republic
Tanzania gains independence

East Asia and the Pacific
US increase involvement in Vietnam

1961 New Delhi WCC Assembly
New English Bible
Americas
Cuban missile crisis

Africa
Algeria becomes independent
Nelson Mandella imprisoned

East Asia and the Pacific
Sino-Indian war

1962 Belfast WCCE conference
Europe
Nuclear test ban treaty

Americas
Assassination of President Kennedy

Africa
Organization of African Unity set up
Kenya gains independence

1963 Mexico World Mission conference
Montreal FOC meeting
1963 - 1965 Second Vatican Council
Europe
Brezhnev becomes Soviet leader

Americas
Civil Rights Act US
Miltary coup in Brazil

South Asia and Middle East
Arafat founds Palestine Liberation Organization

1964
Europe
Death penalty abolished UK

Africa
Rhodesia declares UDI

South Asia and the Middle East
Indo-Pakistan war

East Asia and the Pacific
Marcos becomes ruler of Philippines

1965
Europe
France withdraws from NATO command

Americas
Growth of Black Power USA

East Asia and the Pacific
Start of Cultural Revolution in China

1966 Failure of Anglican-Methodist talks UK
Geneva Ecumenical Conference
Europe
Military coup in Greece
Abortion Act UK
First heart transplant

Africa
Nigerian civil war

South Asia and Middle East
Six Day War (Third Arab-Israeli War)

East Asia and the Pacific
ASEAN formed

1967 Nairobi WCCE conference
Europe
"Prague Spring" crushed by Russian invasion
Student riots

Americas
Assassination of Revd. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 

South Asia and Middle East
Saddam Hussein takes power in Iraq

1968 Uppsala WCC Assembly
Europe
Violence erupts in Northern Ireland

Americas
First man on Moon

1969 Pope Paul VI visits WCC in Geneva
Presbyterians and Congregationalists discuss the sharing of buildings
Programme to combat racism
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