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On Sept. 26, 1960, American politics changed forever as television carried a presidential debate for the first time in history.

Massachussets Sen. John F. Kennedy faced off against Vice President Richard M. Nixon in what proved to be a pivotal moment in American politics. Some two-thirds of the adult population of the country, or about 70 million people, tuned in. From then on, a new factor became key to winning a national election: optics.

Watch the first Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in its entirety below.

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