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No Vietnam War, protests or youth rebellion.

No Richard Nixon or Watergate.

No "lost generation" of young people disillusioned with government for decades to come.

That, depending on which tea leaves you choose to read, is one potential outcome had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated one rain-tinged November morning 50 years ago next Friday.

The bulging baby boom born during America's postwar reverie would still come of age in the '60s in an era of vast social change.

Civil rights, women's rights, gay rights, psychedelia and the sexual revolution would still be competing for attention.

But those dark...

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