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The 1960s was a period in American history that was marked with conflict and social revolution. Here you can find information about major events that took place in the 1960s and events in the modern era.

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War Powers Act, the common name for the War Powers Resolution, which was passed by Congress in 1973 as a check on the President's war powers.


How Secret Subs Nearly Caused a Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis

The tension between the U.S. and USSR was palpable — and nearly devastating, thanks to some nuclear-tipped torpedoes. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Treasure Hunter Jailed Until He Reveals Location of 3 Tons of Shipwreck Gold

Where is the gold from the shipwreck of the Central America? Learn why treasure hunter Tommy Thompson is in jail in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

American Indian Sports Logos Do Real Damage, New Study Finds

How do sports logos based on Native Americans affect stereotypes? Learn more about stereotypes in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

Ridiculous History: The Curse of the Colonel

Colonel Sanders has been the bane of one baseball team for more than 30 years, and it has nothing to do with chicken. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Modern Decline of Railroads

The decline of railroads came about during the 1960s and 1970s as the automobile dominated transportation. Read about the decline of railroads. See more »

Railroads of the 1990s explains the history of American railroads through the 1990s. Learn about the history of railroads of the 1990s. See more »

Famous Locomotives

Famous locomotives, such as the John Bull locomotive, have helped shape the history of American railroads. Learn more about some famous locomotives. See more »

Shortline railroads were slowly abandoned as truck shipping became more accepted. Learn more about the history of shortline railroads. See more »

Railroad super-engines were produced in the mid-1990s with the same size but more power than standard locomotives. Learn about railroad super-engines. See more »

Railroad technology has greatly changed the way in which railroads conduct business. Learn about some of the developments in railroad technology. See more »