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56 Up

Premiere Date: October 14, 2013

'56 Up' in Context

1971



1971 saw further escalation of both the war in Vietnam and protests in the United States against the war. The New York Times began publishing the Pentagon Papers, revealing secret U.S. involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1971; 60 percent of Americans opposed the war; and the Weather Underground allegedly bombed the U.S. Capitol to protest the war's expansion into Laos. Meanwhile, Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan, General Idi Amin took control of Uganda and Switzerland finally granted women the right to vote. In popular culture, the Beatles broke up, the ground-breaking sitcom All in the Family debuted and sleekly designed Corvettes roamed the highways of America.



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