Video created using selected archive material. The song was released in 1960, the same year that John F. Kennedy captured the Democratic nomination and went on to win one of the closest elections in U.S. history. The 1960 election campaign was dominated by rising Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. On 12 April 1961, the USSR launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit around the Earth on Vostok 1.
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