As always, Alex Shrugged's opinions are his own. Other people's work are their own. I include them here for the sake of completeness and to provide a second method of access to the material for the TSP history segment.
* Lost in a Military Industrial Complex -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* The CIA's Invasion of Cuba -- Contributed by Alex Shrugged
* And it's a fake. -- Contributed by Southpaw Ben
* Notable Births -- See below.
* This Year in Film -- See below.
* This Year in Music -- See below.
* In Other News -- See below.
Lost in a Military Industrial ComplexContributed by Alex Shrugged
- "Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial complex would have to remain, substantially unchanged, until some other adversary could be invented."
- -- George F. Kennan, 1987. 
The CIA's Invasion of CubaContributed by Alex Shrugged
Many Cubans escaped to the United States after Fidel Castro nationalized all their property. Now they want payback, so the CIA has been training a cadre of exiled Cubans called Assault Brigade 2506 (Brigada Asalto 2506). The objective is the Bay of Pigs on the south side of Cuba. (Havana is on the north side, a little northwest of the Bay of Pigs.) Originally conceived and funded by President Eisenhower (R), President Kennedy (D) signs off on this invasion. They launch from Guatemala and Nicaragua. It does not go well. B-26 bombers hit the coastal areas of Cuba before the invasion, and 4 are shot down making it obvious that the US government is involved. Kennedy withdraws the promised air cover, and naval coverage is nonexistent leaving the Assault Brigade with their backsides hanging out in the wind. After three days, Assault Brigade 2506 surrenders. By next year, private donors will negotiate through the United States to give $53 million in food and medicine to Cuba in exchange for over a thousand prisoners taken in the Bay of Pigs Invasion. President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy will greet them at a welcome back ceremony held at the Orange Bowl. 
And it's a fake.Contributed by Southpaw Ben
On January 5, 1961, a man walks into the US consulate in Rome, signs a confessions and provides a severed thumb that had been kept as a memento as proof of the crime. The crime? The forgery of 3 terracotta warrior statues, and the man was sculptor Alfredo Fioravanti who was hired to assist in the forgeries. Between 1915 and 1921 the Riccardi family sold 3 forged statues to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with just one of the statues going for $40,000. In 1960 testing cast some suspiscion onto the authenticity of the sculptures, and when the confession was made, it provided all the proof needed for the Museum to official declare the three statues as forgeries on February 15.
- Diana, Princess of Wales (died 1997, age 36): Died in a car crash. Conspiracy theories abound. 
- Barack Obama: 44th President of the United States (D). 
- George Stephanopoulos: Bill Clinton campaign operative and ABC news reader. 
- Sean Hannity: Fox News TV host, radio talk show host and conservative commentator. 
- Ann Coulter: Syndicated columnist, conservative author and Fox News contributor. 
- And in Entertainment...
- -- Eddie Murphy: Comedian and actor in Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America and more. 
- -- In Music: Toby Keith, and Billy Ray Cyrus. 
- -- George Clooney: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven, and The Monuments Men. 
- -- Michael J. Fox: Back to the Future, Doc Hollywood, and The American President. 
- -- Lea Thompson: Back to the Future, and Red Dawn. 
This Year in Film
- West Side Story: Puerto Ricans and white hoodlums sing and dance their way into the mainstream. 
- Flower Drum Song: Chinese people sing and dance their way into the mainstream. 
- The Parent Trap: Twins separated at birth switch places to meet their divorced parents. (Divorce is brought into the mainstream.--alexshrugged) 
This Year in Music
- Stand By Me: Ben E King. 
- Let's Twist Again: Chubby Checker. 
- Surrender: Elvis Presley. 
In Other News
- The portrait of the Duke of Wellington is "misappropriated": The thief is convicted of an unauthorized removal of an object on public display. (Stealing is such an ugly word.--alexshrugged)