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September 7
Feminist Protests

Women's Liberation groups protest outside the Miss America contest in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Though nothing is actually set on fire, one organizer uses the phrase "symbolic bra-burning" in an article in the New York Times, leading opponents of the women's movement to coin the derogatory label, "bra-burning feminists."

September 9
Ashe Wins U.S. Open

Arthur Ashe defeats Tom Okker to win the first U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing, New York. He is the first African-American man to win a Grand Slam tennis championship, and becomes the first African American to be ranked #1 in the sport.

September 10
Goodell Replaces Kennedy

Republican congressman Charles E. Goodell is named to Robert Kennedy's vacant Senate seat, announcing that he will "give continuity to Senator Kennedy's efforts in so many areas." Goodell favors halting Vietnam bombings and pledges to share Kennedy's "deep concern for the left-outs of society."

September 16
Nixon on Laugh-In

Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon appears on the popular NBC comedy and variety show, Laugh-In, saying one of the show's signature lines, "Sock it to me."

60 Minutes Debuts September 24
60 Minutes Debuts

The television news program 60 Minutes makes its first appearance on CBS, in the Sunday night 7 p.m. timeslot it still occupies.

September 30
747 Introduced

Boeing unveils the first jumbo jet -- the six-story high, 710,000 pound 747.

Doonesbury Prototype Doonesbury Prototype

A Garry Trudeau comic strip, Bull Tales, makes its debut in the Yale Daily News, satirizing campus life. The strip will be renamed Doonesbury two years later when it goes into syndication, and will become famous for the mirror it holds up to American politics and society.

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